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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — A pair of 911 calls related to the murders of two Germantown, Md., children on Jan. 17 have been released by Montgomery County Police.

Authorities charged 28-year-old Zakieya Latrice Avery and 21-year-old Monifa Denise Sanford with murder in the deaths of two of Avery’s children, a 1-year-old and a 2-year-old. The women are also facing attempted murder charges for injuring the children’s siblings, ages 5 and 8.

Police say that the deceased children suffered multiple stab wounds.

Avery told investigators that she thought an exorcism was necessary to remove the presence of the devil and evil spirits, a police captain said Sunday.

“She thought the devil was in the kids, and that’s sort of the thing she centered it around as to why she had to conduct an exorcism,” said Capt. Marcus Jones, director of the police department’s major crimes division. “She just thought that there…

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