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The powers of darkness have backfired on a woman from Maryland after police say she and her friend stabbed and killed her two toddlers and severely injured two more during a botched exorcism.

The Poltergeist parents, Zakieya L. Avery, 28 and Monifa Sanford, 21 have both been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Via The Washington Post:

The two dead children — a boy, Norell Harris, 1, and a girl, Zyana Harris, 2 — were found Friday morning on their mother’s bed in a Germantown townhouse. Both had been stabbed repeatedly, police said. A sister, Taniya Harris, 5, and a brother, Martello Harris, 8, were seriously injured but are expected to survive.

Detectives found two knives that might have been used in the attacks — one about the size of a paring knife and the other a bit larger, police said.

It was also reported that Avery has suffered from mental health issues in the past, unsurprising given the nature of the crime.

There have been a host of supernatural crime stories appearing in the news as of late. A pastor in Minnesota recently tried to rape the “devil” out of a pair of young girls while and Oklahoma used his bible to burn his house down back in October.

The news of familiarity didn’t make it easy for the seemingly close-knit community. They held a candle-lit vigil to mourn the children.

An onlooker present at the vigil asked NBC Washington, “How can you hurt a child? To me, to hurt a child, you are a coward,” she said coldly.

Check the gallery to see pics of the “coward” who stands accused and the scene of the crime.

Photo: NBC Washington, Montgomery County Police Department, Karen Adams/All-News 99.1 WNEW, Sarah L. Voisin

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