Coroner: Slain family died by suffocation, strangulation

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 29, 2019 3:14 PM
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Morrisville Police Chief George McClay stands outside the Robert Morris Apartments in Morrisville, Pa., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. A woman and her teenage daughter are facing homicide charges in the deaths of multiple relatives, including children, inside an apartment at the complex in suburban Philadelphia, according to authorities. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Morrisville) -- Officials say four of five family members killed in a suburban Philadelphia apartment earlier this year were suffocated, and the fifth was strangled.

It's the latest development since authorities charged a mother and her adult daughter with killing their close family members in February.

The Bucks County coroner's office said Friday that 9-year-old twins Imani and Erika Allen, 13-year-old Damon Decree Jr. and 25-year-old Naa'Irah Smith died by asphyxiation. Jamilla Campbell, 42, was strangled.

The deaths were ruled to be homicides.

Police say 46-year-old Shana Decree and her daughter, 19-year-old Dominique Decree, each face five counts of homicide and one count each of conspiracy.

Authorities haven't released a motive in the slayings. Prosecutors say the investigation is continuing.

The Decrees' attorneys declined comment.

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