Police in Maryland charged two women Saturday in the stabbing deaths of two young children, saying the suspects believed they were performing an exorcism when they attacked the sleeping children.
Montgomery County Police charged 21-year-old Monifa Denise Sanford and 28-year-old Zakieya Latrice Avery with murder in the deaths of two of Avery’s children, a 1-year-old and a 2-year-old.
The women are also facing attempted murder charges for injuring the children’s siblings, ages 5 and 8.
Police say the two younger children who died suffered multiple stab wounds.
Offices were called to the Germantown home where the women lived on Friday. A neighbor called 911 after noticing a vehicle with the door open and a bloody knife laying outside of the vehicle.
Avery was arrested when authorities say she tried to flee from a townhouse near the vehicle. Police found the two children dead inside the home, and their siblings and Sanford were taken to the hospital with injuries.
Police say Sanford was arrested Saturday after being released from the hospital.