This is one of the young girls who was brutally murdered along with her two cousins at her Maryland home.
Nadira Withers, six, and her two cousins nine-year-old Ariana DeCree and six-year-old Ajayah DeCree, were found dead early Friday morning in Clinton, Maryland.
The three girls were in the care of Nadira’s brother, Antonio Williams, 25, who was taken into custody by local police on Friday night.
Cops say he has confessed to the horrific slayings.
Williams lives on Brooke Jane Drive, which is the same street as the home the three little girls were found dead.
He had been left at the home to look after the girls by his mother, Andrena Kelley, who was working an overnight shift as a nurse.
The cousins were from Newark, New Jersey, and are the daughters of Williams’ mother’s cousin.
The bodies were reportedly found by Kelley who then called the police.
The victims were suffering from stab wounds and all three were found in one bed in the basement.
They were pronounced dead on the scene.
Williams did leave his other two-year-old sister unharmed, though she was in the house with him, The Washington Post reported.
Williams has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of second-degree murder.
Cops said he did not try to leave the scene and he has confessed to stabbing and killing his relatives.
Two of the victims were from Newark and were on vacation in Maryland, according to sources speaking to RLS Metro Breaking News.
‘We are now in the midst of a major investigation into what happened to these children and who killed them,’ police department spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan said. ‘We have not determined who the person responsible is yet.’
Firefighters arrived and pronounced the children dead.
In a news conference with reporters police described the scene inside the home as ‘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.
State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, said: ‘We are absolutely heartbroken and we are so absolutely devastated.’
Relatives of the victims are being contacted and counseling has even been offered to officers who responded and found the bodies.
An extensive investigation is underway and officials said they are trying to figure out why Williams decided to kill the young girls one day before his birthday.