Prince George's County police say the man arrested in connection to the deaths of three children inside a Clinton, Maryland home confessed to killing his sister and two cousins while they were sleeping.
Late Friday night, investigators announced 25-year-old Antonio Williams had been arrested in connection to the three girls' deaths. Officers were called to the home on Brooke Jane Drive by a family member around 7:30 a.m. Friday. Inside, they discovered three bodies, later announcing that the victims were all girls under the age of 10. Police said all three of them were pronounced dead at the scene.
On Saturday morning, officials announced that Williams is charged with murdering his sister, 6-year-old Nadira Withers, and their two cousins, 9-year-old Ariana Decree and 6-year-old Ajayah Decree. The Decree sisters are the daughters of the suspect's mother's cousin, and they are from Newark, New Jersey.
Williams is charged with three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of second-degree murder. Police said Williams was left at the home to watch the three girls, having sole custody of them overnight. The mother came home from work early Friday morning to find the girls in their beds, suffering from apparent stab wounds.
Williams is in custody of the Department of Corrections on a no-bond status.
On Friday morning, Prince George's County Police Department spokesperson Jennifer Donelan said the scene inside the home was gruesome.
"This is one of the the most difficult scenes that our officers arrived on," Donelan said, adding that the neighborhood where the children were found was quiet.
At a news conference Friday afternoon, Prince George's County Deputy Chief Sammy Patel said investigators were speaking with family members at police headquarters, but would not give any further details as to how they were related to the victims. He added that they believed they'd made contact with a parent, but couldn't say any more than that.
Prince George's County Police Assistant Chief Hector Velez said the entire force was mourning the tragic loss of three young lives.
"I wear a uniform but I am a father. Those who responded here today are parents, aunts, uncles and siblings of young children who they care for and love very much. We all feel this loss," Velez said.
Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks appeared at Friday afternoon's news conference alongside police. She said people in Prince George's County had again woken up to another nightmare.
"They are not alone in their grief. We are grieving together," Alsobrooks said, adding that the rash of violence in the county and the country needs to end.
Anyone with information that could aid detectives in their investigation was urged to call Crime Solvers at (866) 411-8477.More