Maryland Mother Kills Her Two Children In Exorcism

Charged with two accounts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder

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A Maryland mother who stabbed her two children to death and attempted to murder two others while performing an exorcism Friday is being charged with murder. 

Zakieya Latrice Avery, 28, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of her 1- and 2-year-old children, and two counts of attempted first-degree murder for the injury of a 5- and an 8-year-old girl, who have been hospitalized. Another woman at the scene, Monifa Denise Sanford, 21, has also been charged, reports local affiliate WUSA 9.

A vigil was held Saturday night for the children.

[WUSA 9]

13 comments
WilfTarquin
WilfTarquin

I guess they exorcised the wrong person(s). Clearly the devil was in the mom, not the kids.

Hopefully she wont get away with it, previously when people have died during "exorcisms" the perpetrators have been given a slap on the wrist.

jruffin16
jruffin16

@BaconizerDelux I get what your saying I'm just saying getting rid of religion would'nt get rid the violently insane. I have a hard time believing without religion this crazy lady would'nt find something else to blame her actions on.  No religion doesn't equal no mental illness.

MollyCruz
MollyCruz

Crazy never makes sense, and crazy is what she is; she should be admitted, not prosecuted; an act of madness is just that; and has nothing to do with religion. 

Yoshi
Yoshi

Gimme that "old time religion" with a side of complete insanity!

IceToes
IceToes

@MollyCruzMost people who partake of religion are certainly not crazy. Hey, if you want to believe in that stuff, go ahead. Extreme religious beliefs or obsessions with religion and rituals ARE a common trait of mental illness, however. Clearly this woman is insane and her justification for these murders is religion. It does not say whether she was associated with a church or has patched together her own brand of nuttiness, but if she is part of a church I feel they bear some of the responsibility.

SeanProphet
SeanProphet

@MollyCruz  The act of madness was this woman's belief in spirits, and caring more about what was happening with the 'spirits' or 'demons' than her children's physical bodies. *Belief* in spirits was the absolute essence of it. Plenty of people who haven't yet killed their children also share this belief system. Which is cause for grave concern. Exorcism deaths are *by no means* rare.

IceToes
IceToes

@BaconizerDeluxAll we need to do is eliminate tax exemptions for churches and religious organizations. Most would take enough damage to cause a reduction in their ability to spread hate or craziness. For starters, start making the Catholic church pay property tax. They are insanely wealthy in their holdings.

Anna888
Anna888

@SeanProphet @MollyCruz  oh, come on, haven't you seen "The Exorcist"? The priest wasn't stabbing the possessed, he prayed in Latin, poured holy water and waved the crucifix. No stabbing or attempted murder. 

This poor woman here went absolutely insane. If we were to point fingers at anybody, it wouldn't be church as much as her insurance company and her doctor - or the lack of the health insurance. 

BaconizerDelux
BaconizerDelux

@jruffin16 Hey look, a fire (a crazy person)! Let's throw some gasoline (religion) on it! The bible allows people to justify all kinds of nasty things, and even if it isn't justified it states they only have to ask for forgiveness and they are forgiven. There should be a clause that you can't be forgiven for killing children or something. But, hey, people NEED this book to feel good right?