Mum Stabs Her Two Young Children to Death While Performing ‘Exorcism’


A mum accused of stabbing two of her children to death thought she was performing an exorcism, according to police.

Zakieya Latrice Avery has been charged with two counts of murder after one-year-old Norell Harris and two-year-old Zyana Harris were found with multiple stab wounds at a house in Germantown, Maryland, on Friday morning.

Two of their siblings, aged five and eight, were also hurt and taken to hospital, and 28-year-old mother-of-four Avery has been charged with murder and attempted murder.

A second woman, 21-year-old Monifa Denise Sanford, has also been charged with the two deaths, and is believed to have lived with Avery.

Police came across the gruesome scene after being called to a report of a car left with its door open and a knife lying outside.

The keys were still in the ignition, and the vehicle was covered in blood.

Sky News reports that officers believe the youngsters were killed as they slept in their beds

Detectives had been at the address just the night before, after a call about a child being left alone in a car, but the youngster had been taken inside by the time they arrived and no one answered the door.

A memorial service was held near the crime scene this weekend, as shocked residents tried to comprehend the tragedy.

Neighbour Roger Florencio told Sky: “I have a child myself, and I can’t imagine what person could do that to their children.”