A mother and daughter have been arrested for allegedly killing five family members in their Pennsylvania apartment, police said.
According to police, Shana Decree, 45, and her 19-year-old daughter, Dominique Decree, carried out a killing spree in their two-bedroom apartment in Morrisville, Pennsylvania, about 50 kilometres northeast of Philadelphia.
The pair are accused of killing their relatives inside a unit in the Pennsylvania suburb of Morrisville, reports Fox News.
Shana Decree was arraigned early on Tuesday local time, while her daughter was expected to make her initial court appearance later in the day. The teenager remains hospitalised.
The victims were identified as Shana Decree’s children — Naa’Irah Smith, 25, and Damon Decree Jr, 13 — as well as her sister — Jamilla Campbell, 42 — and Campbell’s nine-year-old twin daughters, Imani and Erika Allen, according to the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office.
There were concerns for the 17-year-old son of Jamilla Campbell, one of the deceased, but police have confirmed that he is safe. he is not considered a suspect.
“This is a terrible tragedy. I just spoke with the family of the five deceased, and we’re all heartbroken,” Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said at a press conference. “I wish I had better news to report.”
“I wanted to come out here,” he added, “and make sure that everybody knew that the people that committed these atrocious acts are now in custody and will be made to pay for their crimes.”
Police said the bodies were found after police went to check on the welfare of residents just after 4pm (8am AEDT) on Monday. A Department of Human Services business card that was left over the weekend was still in the door when authorities arrived on Monday.
James O’Malley, director of communications for the Bucks County district attorney’s office, said officers found the deceased in one bedroom of the two-bedroom unit. The two females were taken to a hospital. There was no information immediately available about their condition.
Police have not disclosed a motive, and the case is still under investigation.
The causes of death remain under investigation. Morrisville Borough Police and Bucks County Detectives are investigating.
— with Fox News