MORRISVILLE, Pa. (FOX 29) - Prosecutors have released the cause of death for five people allegedly killed by a mother and daughter in Bucks County on Feb. 25th.
Shana Decree, 45, and Dominique Decree, 19, were charged with five counts of homicide and one count each of conspiracy after an attempted murder-suicide resulted in the deaths of five family members, three of whom were children.
Upon the release of medical examiners reports, police conclude that 9-year-olds Imani and Erika Allen, 13-year-old Damon Decree and 25-year-old Naa'Irah Smith died of asphyxiation.
Coroners also discovered that the mother of Imani and Erika, 42-year-old Jamilla Campbell, died from strangulation.
All of the deaths are being treated as homicides during trial.
Officials say the bodies were found inside a unit at the Robert Morris Apartments on the 200 block of West Bridge Street in Morrisville. Police went to check on the welfare of residents just after 4 p.m.
According to police, Dominique Decree initially claimed an unknown man caused her injuries and asked if her family was still alive.
Shana Decree initially told detectives that Jamilla Campbell's boyfriend and two unknown men were responsible for the killings.
The mother and daughter subsequently confessed to the murders of their family members, according to authorities.