- The Washington Times - Monday, January 20, 2014

Police on Monday released audio of the 911 calls made by neighbors of the Montgomery County woman accused of killing two of her children and severely injuring two others while trying to perform an exorcism.

In one call made Friday, a neighbor reports hearing noises similar to jumping and running coming from the house the night before. She called authorities Friday to report seeing a bloody knife on the floor of her neighbor’s car.

That call led police to respond to the home, at 19041 block of Cherry Bend Drive in Germantown, where the children were discovered.

Police arrested the children’s mother, 28-year-old Zakieya Latrice Avery, as well as 21-year-old Monifa Denise Sanford and charged both with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. Both women are due in Montgomery County District Court on Tuesday for bond review hearings.

Police were also called to the home Thursday night after a man reported seeing a young child left alone in a Toyota.

As the man begins describing the situation to the emergency call taker, he says he is being confronted by two women and can be heard during the call asking the women to leave him alone.

“She seems to be responding to internal stimuli,” the man tells the call taker. “She’s talking to herself.”

Montgomery County police said the two women believed they were performing an exorcism on the children when they attacked and stabbed them.

Two children, 1-year-old Norell Harris and 2-year-old Zyana Harris, were found dead at the home. Two other children, 5-year-old Taniya Harris and 8-year-old Martello Harris, remain hospitalized.

Both Ms. Avery and Ms. Sanford are being held in jail without bond pending their hearings in court on Tuesday.

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