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.
Latrice Avery, the mother of the children is charged with two counts of
first-degree murder for the killings, and two counts of attempted
first-degree murder, as two other children remain hospitalized after
Friday's attack. Avery, 28, of the 19000 block of Cherry Bend Drive in
Germantown, is being held without bond.
Sanford, 21, who was also at the scene, has been released from the
hospital and has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder for
the deaths of the two kids and two counts of attempted murder for two
children who are still in the hospital. She is also being held without
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.
People have laid down flowers, candles, and teddy bears in front of
the home where the two children were killed and the two others were
injured. A vigil was held Saturday night to remember the small children
who were stabbed 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.