A mother from Brockton, Massachusetts, allegedly stabbed her two young sons to death with a kitchen knife and then told police that their deaths were part of a voodoo ritual.
Latarsha L. Sanders, 43, was arrested earlier this week, Fox News reported. During her Tuesday arraignment hearing, Assistant Plymouth District Attorney Jessica Kenny said that Sanders claimed she stabbed her 8-year-old son Edson "Marlon" Brito for the ritual, but it didn’t work, according to the Boston Herald. So then, Sanders allegedly stabbed 5-year-old Larson Brito to death.
"She said she had stabbed him because she had 'failed' in the ritual with Marlon (Edson)," Kenny said. "She responded to police that she felt bad about what she had done."
According to the Boston Globe, just two days before the two boys were found brutally murdered, Sanders was allegedly talking about killing someone to get a human heart for her dying dad.
On Tuesday, the mother pleaded not guilty to murder. She is being held without bail, and it’s unclear if she has a lawyer who can represent her at this time.
Sanders’ mother, Earline Sanders, allegedly told police that Sanders was “mentally unstable and crazy” and refused treatment. She also said that Sanders had become obsessed with the Illuminati, rituals, numerology and sacrifices. Sanders was reportedly rambling about the Illuminati to her mother since Friday.
The discovery of the grisly murders occurred on Monday after Sanders ran screaming and crying to her neighbor. The boys were found under blankets. She told police she was motivated by “voodoo stuff,” reported the Boston Globe.
“All crime scenes are grisly. But these victims were innocent children. This was a gruesome and disturbing and, most of all, a heartbreaking crime,” Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz said on Monday, according to the Boston Herald.
Voodoo practitioners and academics told the Globe the religion does not condone violence.
[Photo: Brockton Police Department]