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Police: Mom Charged in Kids' Death Feared Devil

By: News Staff Email
By: News Staff Email

January 19, 2014

GERMANTOWN, Md. (AP) - A police official says a Maryland woman accused of killing her two children has told investigators that she thought an exorcism was necessary to remove the presence of the devil.

Captain Marcus Jones of the Montgomery County police department said Sunday that the woman, Zakieya Latrice Avery, made the statements during interviews with police.

Jones says another woman charged in the killings, Monifa Denise Sanford, has made similar statements.

Police have said the women believed they were performing an exorcism. Jones says police recovered two knives from the home after responding there Friday.

Two children, ages 1 and 2, were found dead and two others were injured.

The women face charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. Both were being held without bond.

Court records do not list attorneys.


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