A man has been arrested after confessing to killing his sister and two cousins - all under the age of 10 - in what police described as a "gruesome" triple murder.
Police were called just after 7:30 a.m. Friday morning to a scene that police spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan referred to as "one of the most hard scenes that our officers arrived on".
The other victims are 9-year-old Ariana Decree and 6-year-old Ajayah Decree, of Newark, New Jersey.
Antonio Williams, 25, was taken into custody by local police on Friday night after reportedly confessing to the killings.
Police said they found a 2-year-old girl, who was unharmed, in the home when they arrived.
A spokeswoman for the police department said: 'We are now in the midst of a major investigation into what happened to these children and who killed them'.
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"We have many answers, but unfortunately we don't have all of them at this point", Prince George's County Police Captain Anthony Schartner said during a press conference.
Withers' mother discovered their bodies when she returned home from work Friday morning in Clinton, a suburb of Washington, D.C. The Decree sisters are the daughters of the suspect's mother's cousin, according to police.
"This is one of the most hard scenes that our officers arrived on", police department spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan said.
They were pronounced dead on the scene. "We have counselling services here at the scene dealing with first arriving officers", Donelan said, adding the neighbourhood is normally quiet.
While details of the children's injuries were not revealed Donelan said they suffered "trauma to the body".
Antonio Williams, 24, was arrested in connection with the murder of the three girls.
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