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US: Mother sent to mental hospital for stabbing 2 kids in ‘exorcism’

A Maryland woman who pleaded guilty to killing two of her children and injuring two of their siblings in what she believed was an exorcism in 2014 will go to a psychiatric hospital, not a prison.

world Updated: Sep 15, 2016 21:47 IST
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A Maryland woman who pleaded guilty to killing two of her children on 2014 believed it was an exorcism.
A Maryland woman who pleaded guilty to killing two of her children on 2014 believed it was an exorcism.(Shutterstock/Representative image)

A Maryland woman who pleaded guilty to killing two of her children and injuring two of their siblings in what she believed was an exorcism in 2014 will go to a psychiatric hospital, not a prison.

Judge Terrence McGann ruled on Thursday that Zakieya Avery of Germantown, Maryland, was not criminally responsible in the deaths of her children. Avery pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Avery’s roommate, Monifa Sanford, who participated in the killings, previously took a plea deal in the case that committed her to a psychiatric hospital. Sanford said that the women stabbed the children because they believed they were possessed by demons.