GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- A mother killed two of her own children while performing an exorcism in Germantown, Md., police said.
Montgomery County police have charged two women for murder in the Friday deaths of a 1-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl.
ZakieyaLatrice Avery, the mother of the children is charged with two counts offirst-degree murder for the killings, and two counts of attemptedfirst-degree murder, as two other children remain hospitalized afterFriday's attack. Avery, 28, of the 19000 block of Cherry Bend Drive inGermantown, is being held without bond.
Monifa DeniseSanford, 21, who was also at the scene, has been released from thehospital and has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder forthe deaths of the two kids and two counts of attempted murder for twochildren who are still in the hospital. She is also being held withoutbond.
Police identified the deceased children as Norell N. Harris, a 1-year-old male, and Zyana Z. Harris, a 2-year-old female.
The hospitalized children are identified as Taniya Harris, a 5-year-old female, and Martello Harris, a 8-year-old male.
Peoplehave laid down flowers, candles, and teddy bears in front of the homewhere the two children were killed and the two others were injured. Avigil was held Saturday night to remember the small children who werestabbed to death.
"It's kind of horrifying for any father, any grandfather," State's Attorney John McCarthy said Friday. "These are hard cases," he said, his voice breaking.
There has been no update on the condition of Taniya or Martello.