How sad is this murder?

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A Pennsylvania mom and her daughter pleaded guilty to killing five family members

(CNN) - A Pennsylvania woman and her daughter are expected to spend the rest of their lives in prison after pleading guilty Monday to killing five of their relatives last year, according to the Buck's County District Attorney's office.
Shana Decree, 47, and her daughter Dominique Decree, 21, plead guilty but mentally ill to five counts of first-degree murder and one count of criminal conspiracy, according to the district attorney's office. They will serve five consecutive life sentences and avoid the death penalty as part of a plea deal.
The women killed two of Shana's children, Naa'Irah Smith, 25 and Damon Decree Jr., 13, as well as Shana's sister, Jamilla Campbell, 42, and her 9-year-old twin daughters Imani and Erika Allen, according to prosecutors. The murders took place between February 23 and 25 in an apartment all seven people shared in Morrisville, Pennsylvania, according to the district attorney's office.
John Fioravanti Jr., Dominque's lawyer, told CNN that this was a troubling case from the beginning.
"She was very remorseful and pleasant to deal with," Fioravanti Jr. said of Dominique. "It's very troubling for me. One of the hardest cases I've ever had and I've been doing this a long time."
A social worker conducting a surprise visit knocked on their apartment door but didn't get an answer, according to a probable cause affidavit. The building's maintenance crew checked the apartment and less than 20 minutes later, a worker called 911.
There was broken glass and clutter throughout the apartment and the furniture was turned over, according to the affidavit.
When police arrived, they found that Shana and Dominique Decree were "disoriented" and took them to the hospital.
The rest of the family was in one of the bedrooms. Damon's body was on the bed and the bodies of his sister, aunt and cousins were around the bed, the affidavit said.
During the investigation, Shana told investigators that all five victims, including the children, wanted to die, according to the district attorney's office.
Autopsies determined Erika Allen, Imani Allen, Damon Decree Jr. and Naa'Irah Smith were killed by homicidal asphyxia and Jamilla Campbell was killed by homicidal ligature strangulation, according to the district attorney's office.
I can believe the daughter was remorseful and cooperative. Another story I read about this stated that the pair had been seeking mental health treatment. Either they didn’t get it, or it was obviously inadequate.

In any case it’s a huge mental health failure. Seven lives shattered in all, plus the collateral damage to the remaining family.

And it’s compounded by the fact that these women are likely to get minimal to no psychiatric help in prison. It’s a failure all around.
 
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