Women Charged With Killing 2 Toddlers Were 'Performing an Exorcism' (VIDEO)

avery murder exorcism norell zyanaIn a completely twisted, horrific story out of Germantown, Maryland, two women have been charged with stabbing and killing two children -- 1-year-old Norell Harris and 2-year-old Zyana Harris -- and investigators and police say that they believed they were performing an exorcism. Police charged both 21-year-old Monifa Denise Sanford and 28-year-old mother of the children, Zakieya Latrice Avery, with two counts of first degree murder and two counts of attempted first degree murder.

Police were called to what they describe as a "very bloody" crime scene on Friday morning. That's when they found Norell and Zyana dead with multiple stab wounds. Avery's two other children, 5-year-old Taniya Harris and 8-year-old Martello Harris, along with Sanford, were injured and taken to a hospital. The children are currently still hospitalized, but Sanford was arrested Saturday afternoon following her release from the hospital, police stated.

As for Avery herself, she was unhurt -- and attempted to flee the crime scene. But thankfully, she was caught, arrested, and is being held without bond.

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Apparently, the first sign that something was gravely wrong occurred on Thursday evening, when a neighbor called 911 to report a child left unattended in a car. But by the time the police arrived, the two women had retrieved the child. Still, after an investigation, police arranged for child protective services to visit the home. Ugh ... if only preemptive action could have been been taken sooner. But it seems like it would've been difficult for anyone to know what was about to happen.

What an absolutely sickening nightmare. Not to mention "heartbreaking," as Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger described the situation in a statement. He went onto note:

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victims along with the 911 operators, police officers, evidence technicians, and fire and EMS personnel that responded.

What words would you relay to family and friends of the victims?


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bills... billsfan1104

Waiting for your outrage on knives. Because if these poor innocent beautiful kids were shot, half the article would have been about the evils of guns.

baker... bakermom2411

I personally think that if cps has to be called for suspected child abuse or neglect then the kids should be taken and held for at least 24 hours. They should be talked to and while that is happening the parents and home should be fully investigated. There are SO many cases in which if something had been done the first time almost all of the cases would not end in tragedy. But instead any funds that sould be used to protect children are going for anything and everything else. It's just very sad.

purra... purracious

What i want to know is what made them have to perform an exorcism? Especially on two toddlers! Those poor babies..

Anoth... AnotherKim

Wonder what drugs they were on? Those poor kids. To sad for words.

nonmember avatar Jenn

This happened about 5 miles from where I live. I cannot even imagine the terror that those poor children went through.

Betsy-Jay Fetter

wow omg smh just brong hears to my eyes,how can u do that to your own childern,that mother belong life in jail

Kerse... Kerseygeek

The drug she was on was religion. People do stupid & horrible things because they believe they are following their religion. For all we know the kids were being too rowdy & they thought demons possessed them. There are also moms who will say outright on FB that if god said to they would kill their children & they think they are being faithful. I think those people should also have their kids taken away for fear they will one day think they hear voices.

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