Mom, daughter charged in Philly killing of five relatives

by Bamidele Ogunberu Posted on February 26th, 2019

Philadelphia: The mother-daughter team accused of slaughtering five family members told detectives “everyone … wanted to die,”according to court documents.

Cops in suburban Philadelphia say Shana Decree and her daughter Dominique Decree unleashed mayhem in a two-bedroom apartment.

A social worker found the bodies of Naa’Irah Smith, 25, Damon Decree Jr., 13, Jamilla Campbell, 45, and 9-year-old twins Imani and Erika Allen in one of the bedrooms on Monday during a wellness check.

Shana Decree told baffled investigators that “everyone at the apartment, including the nine-year-olds and the 13-year-old, wanted to die,” a probable cause affidavit released Tuesday said.

“All, including the children, were talking about suicide.”

Initially, officers believed that the mother-daughter tag team were victims as well. At a local hospital, they claimed to know nothing about the attack.

Then the story changed.

Shana, 45, alleged that the killers were her sister Jamilla Campbell’s boyfriend and two unidentified men.

Then she confessed to murdering one of the children. Shana then added that she and Dominique also killed a second child.

Dominique, 19, then allegedly killed Campbell, the mom told cops.

The victims were strangled.

Two of the dead, Naa’Irah Smith and Damon Decree Jr., were Shana’s children. Campbell was mom to the twin girls. Campbell’s 17-year-old son, Joshua, was found in Willingboro, N.J., with friends, police said.

The two women are each charged with five counts of homicide and one count each of conspiracy. Dominique Decree remains hospitalized.

“I wanted to make sure everybody knew that the people who committed these atrocious acts are now in custody and (will) be made to pay for their crimes,” DA Matthew Weintraub said.

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