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Police say man confessed to killing younger sister, 2 cousins

21 August 2017

Police have arrested a 25-year-old in the homicides of three girls under the age of 10, who were found in a Prince George's County home Friday morning.

Investigators said Williams was left in the home by his mother to watch over Nadiara Janae Withers, 6, who police described as his sister, Ariana Elizabeth DeCree, 9, and Ajayah Royale DeCree, 6, his two cousins. Police said Nadira's mother found the dead children - all with stab punctures and lacerations to their bodies - on a bed inside the home.

Antonio Williams, 24, of Clinton, has been arrested on three counts of first-degree murder and other related charges in the slaying of the girls.

Police said there was also a two-year-old home at the time who was uninjured.

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Prince George's County Deputy Chief Sammy Patel on Friday called the slayings "one of the most hard scenes" that the department's officers have encountered, and said the department will provide counseling services to responding officers.

A fourth child, a 2-year-old, was inside, alive and unharmed, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the case, The Washington Post reported.

Another press conference is expected at 11am on Saturday.

Police announced Williams had been taken into custody around 11 p.m. Friday. Police did not release a motive for the killing on Saturday morning. Police said they had no word about a lawyer for him. "We have counseling services here on scene dealing with our first-arriving officers". "We all feel this loss", Velez said. "We are grieving together", Alsobrooks said, adding that the rash of violence in the county and the country needs to end.

Police say man confessed to killing younger sister, 2 cousins