LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) – Two women who police say killed two children while performing what they thought was an exorcism in January have been indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury on first-degree murder charges.
The women, 28-year-old Zakieya Latrice Avery and 21-year-old Monifa Denise Sanford, told investigators that they believed evil spirits moved successively between the bodies of Avery’s children, a 1-year-old and a 2-year-old. Two older siblings were also found injured inside the Germantown home with stab wounds and could have died if a neighbor hadn’t called 911.
Avery and Sanford claimed an exorcism was needed to “drive the demons out.”
The women also reported seeing the eyes of each of the children blackening and after the intended exorcism, took a shower, cleaned up the scene and “prepared the children to see God,” Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy said following an investigation.
The women identified themselves as members of a group called “Demon Assassins,” police say.
Avery and Sanford are being held without bond.
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