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Bodies of woman, teen son found after standoff in NJ; boyfriend killed, police rescue 3 kids

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    Gerald "Skip" Murphy, 38, is seen in this photograph provided by the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office in Trenton, N.J., Sunday, May 12, 2013. Three children are safe after a 36-hour standoff with Murphy, who was armed, ended early Sunday, in Trenton, N.J., state law enforcement officials said. Murphy was killed during the rescue, officials said. But the bodies of a woman, presumed to be homeowner Carmelita Stevens, 44 -- the mother of the children -- and a young boy, presumed to be her 13-year-old son, were found decomposing in the home. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) (The Associated Press)

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    Gerald "Skip" Murphy, 38, is seen in this photograph provided by the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office in Trenton, N.J., Sunday, May 12, 2013. Three children are safe after a 36-hour standoff with Murphy, who was armed, ended early Sunday, in Trenton, N.J., state law enforcement officials said. Murphy was killed during the rescue, officials said. But the bodies of a woman, presumed to be homeowner Carmelita Stevens, 44 -- the mother of the children -- and a young boy, presumed to be her 13-year-old son, were found decomposing in the home. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) (The Associated Press)

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    Mercer County Prosecutor Joseph L. Bocchini Jr., left, and Trenton Police Director Ralph Rivera Jr., right, listen in Trenton, N.J., Sunday, May 12, 2013, as New Jersey State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes answers a question after announcing that Gerald Tyrone Murphy, 38, had been shot by police and later died after a standoff with police. Three children held by Murphy are safe after a 36-hour standoff in Trenton ended early Sunday. Fuentes said officers made an entry into the room where the hostages were being held, and a single shot was fired at the suspect as he made a violent move toward one of the children. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) (The Associated Press)

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    New Jersey State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes answers a question in Trenton, N.J., Sunday, May 12, 2013, after announcing that Gerald Tyrone Murphy, 38, who also goes by the name Skip, had been shot by police and later died after a standoff with police. Three children held by Murphy are safe after a 36-hour standoff in Trenton ended early Sunday. Fuentes said officers made an entry into the room where the hostages were being held, and a single shot was fired at the suspect as he made a violent move toward one of the children. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) (The Associated Press)

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    New Jersey State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes, left, and Trenton Police Director Ralph Rivera Jr., right,, listen in Trenton, N.J., Sunday, May 12, 2013, as Mercer County Prosecutor Joseph L. Bocchini Jr., answers a question after announcing that Gerald Tyrone Murphy, 38, who is also known as Skip, had been shot by police and later died after a standoff with police. Three children held by Murphy are safe after a 36-hour standoff in Trenton ended early Sunday. Fuentes said officers made an entry into the room where the hostages were being held, and a single shot was fired at the suspect as he made a violent move toward one of the children. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) (The Associated Press)

Three New Jersey siblings are safe after police stormed their home and fatally shot their mother's boyfriend who had kept them captive for 37 hours.

The three were rescued early Sunday from the home that also contained the decomposing bodies of their mother and teenage brother.

Thirty-eight-year-old Gerald "Skip" Tyrone Murphy was shot to death during a confrontation with police. That culminated a standoff that started late Friday afternoon.

Authorities say the decision to enter the home was made because officials grew more concerned about Murphy's "deteriorating state of mind" and to help ensure the captives survived.

Murphy had kept them with him inside a roughly 10-foot-by-11-foot bedroom throughout the standoff.

Authorities say Murphy was a registered sex offender.

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