Two women have been charged in the recent stabbing deaths of two young children at a Germantown townhouse — in what Montgomery County police said was an attempt at an exorcism. Police on Saturday said Monifa Denise Sanford, 21, of Germantown was charged with first degree murder and attempted murder after being released from a hospital. Police had charged the children’s mother, Zakieya Latrice Avery, 28, with first degree murder and attempted murder on Friday. Both women are being held without bond.
The Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said 1-year-old Norell N. Harris and 2-year-old Zyana Z. Harris suffered multiple stab wounds in Friday’s incident. Two other children, Taniya Harris, 5, and Martello Harris, 8, remained hospitalized, police said. “Cases like this are heartbreaking,” county police chief Tom Manger said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victims along with the 911 operators, police officers, evidence technicians, and fire and EMS personnel that responded.”
The motive for the killings remains under investigation and police did not elaborate on why they believed the women were involved in an exorcism. The story that detectives were trying to piece together began at least the night before, when other officers were called to the townhouse on 19000 block of Cherry Bend Drive in Germantown but didn’t go inside. Once inside, officers spotted the 28-year-old mother with a child — either holding or near the youngster (reports weren’t immediately clear). She bolted out the back door, but officers chased her and quickly caught her.
Exorcism though??? People definitely be on some crazy isht these days. R.I.P. to those sweet babies.