Mother and Daughter Charged With Five Counts of Homicide After Killing Family Members

UPDATED 2019/02/27 2:00PM

Shana S. Decree, 45, and Dominique K. Decree, 19, have both been charged with five counts of homicide and one count of conspiracy in connection with the deaths of their five relatives. A social worker had knocked on the door of the family home for a surprise visit on Monday when they discovered that most of the family was dead; Shana and Dominique were both “disoriented” and rushed to the hospital.

Shana Decree lived in a Morrisville, Pennsylvania apartment with three of her children: Dominique Decree, Naa’Irah Smith, 25, and Damon Decree Jr., 13. Her sister, 42-year-old Jamilla Campbell and her twin daughters, Imani and Erika Allen, 9, lived in the apartment, too.

When no one answered the door, the social worker had building maintenance check the apartment. Police were called less than 20 minutes later. There was, according to reports, broken glass, clutter, and overturned furniture throughout the apartment. The deceased members of the family were found in the bedroom.

Initially the mother and daughter told authorities that Jamilla Campbell’s boyfriend and two unknown males came into the apartment and killed everyone. It wasn’t until later that they admitted they and Campbell had killed their family members. They said that the women choked the others to death. The mother, Shana Decree, told detectives that the entire family wanted to die, but detectives are “no closer to understanding” the motive or the events that lead to the killings.