US: Mom kills her children in exorcism attempt

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A mom in Maryland, United States has killed her own children in an attempt to cast out purported demons in them. She stabbed two of her children to death and wounded two others.

CNN reported that Zakieya L Avery, 28 was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

It also reported that a second woman, who was briefly hospitalized after the incident was also charged in the two deaths. Police believe she is not related to the family, but lived at the same residence in Germantown.

According to authorities, the two defendants believed that they were performing exorcism. However, they did not give details why they suspect the women were performing exorcism.

Exorcism is a ritual aimed at defeating purported evil spirits or demons.

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