No bond for 2 Md. women charged in kids' deaths

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This photo released by the Montgomery County Police Dept shows Zakieya Latrice Avery, 28. Montgomery County Police charged 21-year-old Monifa Denise Sanford and Avery 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. (AP Photo/Montgomery County Police Dept.)

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — 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.