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Mother fatally stabs her children to drive out their evil spirits

By Mason White 12:18 PM January 21, 2014
Norell Harris and Zyana Harris 

By: Sarah Weiss
(Scroll down for video) A mother was arrested and charged with murder after she stabbed her children because she wanted to drive out their evil spirits, according to police reports in Maryland.

Montgomery County Police said that they arrested a woman who stabbed two of her children to death and injured two others while trying to drive out their demons.

Zakieya Avery, 28, was charged on Saturday with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

A second woman was also charged in the two deaths. Police believe that she is not related to the family, but lived in the same house of the victims.

The dead victims were identified as Norell Harris, 1, and Zyana Harris, 2. Their siblings, ages 5 and 8, were hospitalized.

A neighbor called police to report suspicious activity at the house after seeing a woman holding a knife.

Both women are being held without bail.