911 calls released in Md. children's exorcism deaths

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(USA Today) GERMANTOWN, Md. - Police on Monday released the 911 calls in relation to the two children who were stabbed to death in the Germantown, Md., home, allegedly by their mother and a friend.

Zakieya Latrice Avery, 28, the mother of the children, and Monifa Denise Sanford, 21, are both in custody facing murder and attempted murder charges. Two other children were injured in the Friday attack and remain hospitalized in stable condition. Police said Avery and Sanford believed they were performing an exorcism.

STORY: Police: Md. mother kills 2 kids while performing exorcism

Police identified the deceased children as Norell N. Harris, a 1-year-old male, and Zyana Z. Harris, a 2-year-old female.

The hospitalized children are identified as Taniya Harris, a 5-year-old female, and Martello Harris, an 8-year-old male.

The first 911 call came in Thursday night about 10:15 from a neighbor reporting an unattended baby in a car.

Caller: "I have a baby in the car that's been here for 45 minutes."

During the 911 call, the man went on to say two women were coming after him.

The caller says, "Back up off me, ma'am. That is my business, a kid in the car for an hour that is my business."

The 911 dispatcher gets the important information, but stays on the phone with the caller, who said the woman was "talking to herself."

Police said they responded to the home, but when they got there, the women and children were already inside. Police said they reported the incident to Child Protective Services who were going to check on the children Friday morning.

The second 911 call was received Friday at 9:23 a.m. from another neighbor concerned about a knife she saw in a car with blood on it.

Caller: "In the car outside there is a knife with blood. The car has the door open, the house has windows open up there. I heard loud noises in the night, I just woke up. I heard, like, jumping. I didn't know, they have four children, so I don't know if the kids are just doing that every day.

"So I didn't know. I just didn't think anything. I took my kids to school and I saw the knife with blood outside, I see the car with the door open, I see the windows open. I don't know if something happened there. The knife is still there."

When police responded they found two children dead and two children with stab wounds.

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