No bond for Md. women in alleged "exorcism" slaying of tots

Zakieya L. Avery, 28, is accused of stabbing her two toddlers to death in an alleged "exorcism"
Montgomery County police

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- A Maryland judge has denied bond for two women who police say killed two children while performing what they thought was an exorcism.

Zakieya Latrice Avery and Monifa Denise Sanford had their first court appearance Tuesday and will remain in custody.


 The women are charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing deaths of two of Avery's children, ages 1 and 2. Police say two other children were found injured at Avery's Germantown home.

Police say the women have told investigators that they thought they were conducting an exorcism.

An attorney for Sanford told reporters after the hearing that he is still gathering information about the case.

Monday, authorities released 911 tapes from concerned neighbors. A woman called police Friday morning reporting seeing an open car door outside the home and a knife with blood on it.