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Police crime scenePolice 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.

Gerald "Skip" Murphy

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.



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