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[caption id="attachment_78128" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Police: Exorcism Leaves Two Children Dead Police: Exorcism Leaves Two Children Dead[/caption]A Mother's Exorcism of Her Children Claims Their Lives

Germantown, Maryland - Police in this Metro-DC city of 86,000 are reporting the arrests of Zakieya Latrice Avery, a young 28-year-old mother of two, and a second woman Monifa Denise Sanford, 21, for the murder of Avery's two children. Both woman are charged with first degree murder and first degree attempted murder for the stabbing deaths of Avery's two children.

Police first arrived on the scene at 9:30AM EST this past Friday to discover a grizzly scene of blood along with the dead bodies of Avery's two children Zyana & Norell Harris ages 2 and 1 respectively. The children had been punctured repeatedly with knifes. In addition, they found Avery who was suffering from injuries, but she took to flight once the police spotted her. In response, they arrested her. By the following day, investigators were able to determine that Avery and a neighbor were attempting to perform an exorcism on the children.

"She thought the devil was in the kids, and that's sort of the thing she centered it around as to why she had to conduct an exorcism," said Capt. Marcus Jones, director of the police department's major crimes division. "She just thought that there were evil spirits within the kids."

Sanford was also taken to the hospital to be treated for wounds and was arrested upon her release from the hospital Sunday. The initial 911 call to police came from a neighbor who spotted a knife beside Avery's car and blood at the scene.

Avery's stepgrandmother, Sylvia Wade, told The Washington Post that Avery was "humble and meek" and said she loved her children.
"I don't know what triggered it. She wasn't herself. When a person is not of themselves, they are not responsible for what they are doing. They are in another zone."

On The Web :
Police: Exorcism Leaves Two Children Dead
http://abcnews.go.com/US/women-killed-children-exorcism-attempt-police/story?id=21586762

Mother murders two children in exorcism
http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/two-children-killed-after-maryland-mother-attempts-exorcism-1.1646125

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