Police officers answered a call to a South Trenton home Friday afternoon after a relative of 44-year-old Carmelita Stevens said she hadn’t spoken to her in weeks and her children hadn’t been to school in 12 days.
Trenton Police Officers entered the home through a rear door and smelled an odor of a decomposing body noticed maggots throughout the residence. They also found 38-year-old Gerald “Skip” Tyrone Murphy in an upstairs bedroom armed with a gun and explosives and had three children with him.
Once officers noticed one of the dead victims, they then retreated from the second floor and rescued Stevens’ 19-year-old son from the basement who admitted he hadn’t seen her or his siblings since about April 24.
After a long standoff, he was killed as officers stormed the home to rescue three other children he had been holding captive only to find the bodies of a woman and her 13-year-old son authorities said Sunday.