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2 children dead, 3 injured at Germantown home [Maryland]
« on: January 17, 2014, 03:18:28 PM »
2 children dead, 3 injured at Germantown home




GERMANTOWN, Md. (AP) -- Montgomery County police say two children are dead and two children and an adult were found injured at a home in Germantown.

Police say two children were found dead Friday morning at a home on Cherry Bend Drive. Police say they are investigating the deaths as suspicious, but they are not releasing any details about the circumstances.



Read more: http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/24481994/2-suspicious-deaths-investigated-in-germantown

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This is 'only' a block or so away from where I used to live...before I downsized.   It used to be a very nice, quiet, peaceful neighborhood. 
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Re: 2 children dead, 3 injured at Germantown home [Maryland]
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2014, 10:55:24 PM »
Exorcism claimed in murders of two Maryland toddlers


(Reuters) - A Maryland mother and another woman charged with murdering two of the mother's small children believed they were performing an exorcism at the time of the killing, police said on Saturday.

The two children, Norell Harris, 1, and Zyana Harris, 2, suffered multiple stab wounds at a townhouse in Germantown, Maryland, Montgomery County Police said in a statement. Their siblings, ages 5 and 8, were injured and hospitalized, police said.

Zakieya Latrice Avery, 28, the mother of the four children, was charged with two counts of first degree murder and two counts of attempted first degree murder, police said on Saturday.

Later on Saturday, police said a second woman, Monifa Denise Sanford, 21, had also been charged with the two deaths. Sanford is believed to have lived at the Avery residence, police said.

The motive for the killings remains under investigation and police did not elaborate on why they believed the women were involved in an exorcism.


http://ca.news.yahoo.com/exorcism-claimed-murders-two-maryland-toddlers-021808136.html
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Re: 2 children dead, 3 injured at Germantown home [Maryland] [updated]
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2014, 09:03:17 AM »







GERMANTOWN, Md. (WJZ) — New disturbing details about the mother accused of killing her children during an exorcism. She belonged to a church group called the “Demon Assassins.”

Police and prosecutors also say she attempted an exorcism the day before the killings.

Mike Hellgren has new insight on this troubled case.

According to prosecutors, the man who was supposed to undergo that exorcism never showed up. The mother and her friend became convinced demons were inside the children.

Prosecutors say Zakieya Avery, the mom charged, along with her friend, Monifa Sanford, with murdering her two youngest children during an exorcism was a member of a small church group in Germantown called the “Demon Assassins.”

The mom claimed to be a commander of the group, who’d performed exorcisms before.

“Both defendants alleged that the demon leapt from the body of the last child into Ms. Avery and then attacked Ms. Sanford, who did suffer some fairly substantial injuries herself,” said John McCarthy,

Authorities say Avery stabbed both toddlers after snapping the neck of her one-year-old boy, then bathed the dead children and wrapped them in blankets–so they would be clean when they saw God.

“It was the state’s request that she be transferred immediately to Clifton T. Perkins Hospital for us to get an immediate evaluation of her psychiatric condition,” McCarthy said.

To get perspective on this case, WJZ turned to an anthropology professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, who’s spent years studying exorcisms.

“The surprising thing to me is I wasn’t terribly surprised,” said Dr. Bill Stuart, University of Maryland anthropologist.

But Dr. Stuart says rarely do they involve death, and rarely are the victims so young.

“Picking on children is rather extraordinary,” Dr. Stuart said.

The mother had a history of mental illness, financial troubles and recently split with her husban

http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2014/01/22/police-mother-accused-of-killing-children-attempted-exorcism-before/

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"It aint what you don't know that kills you.  It's what you know that aint so!" ...Theodore Sturgeon

"If you want to change the world, go home and love your family".    ...Mother Teresa


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