The mother is suspected of stabbing, killing two sons
Researchers have no concrete motive for the murder of the 5 and the 8-year-old boys.
A Massachusetts mother was arrested after she allegedly stabbed her two sons to death with a kitchen knife told the police that they are attacked as part of a voodoo ritual, an official said Tuesday.
Latarsha L. Sanders, 43, claimed she raised her eldest son, Edson “Marlon” Brito, 8, during the ritual, but “it came from the ‘wrong’, the assistant Plymouth district Attorney Jessica Kenny said during a detention hearing, according to the Boston Herald. Sanders then allegedly went after her 5-year-old son, Larson Brito.
“She said that she had stabbed him, because she had ‘failed’ in the ritual with Marlon (Edson),” Kenny said. “She said to the police that they felt guilty about what she had done.”
An early autopsy report showed the 8-year-old was stabbed 50 times, Kenny said, according to the Herald. She added that Sanders admitted to the murders.
The suspect also allegedly told authorities the weapon they used, that they wiped the blood” and that they “cleaned up both of the children and placed them in a separate room,” Kenny said.
Sanders pleaded not guilty after being charged with two murders. She was ordered held without bail.
Latarsha Sanders, 43, was arraigned Tuesday on two murders.
(Marc Vasconcellos /The Enterprise, via AP, Pool)
The police arrived at the mother’s Brockton home Monday afternoon after a neighbor called 911 to report a medical emergency. The boys were found dead with multiple stab wounds.
“All crime scenes are nasty. But these victims are innocent children. This was a shocking and disturbing and most of all, a heartbreaking crime,” Plymouth district Attorney Timothy J. Cruz told reporters on Monday, according to the Boston Herald.
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The mother was arrested after police said she gave “statements that might be construed as admission for this crime.” Police believe the fatal stabbing took place in the last 48 hours. The boys were last seen on Saturday by their grandmother, prosecutors said.
A 43 y/o mother will be arraigned in Brockton district Court today. Latarsha Sanders faces 2 murder. D. A. says that she raised her sons, ages 5 and 8 years, a couple of times and left them in the house for as possible 48 hours prior to the police discovery. Live reports all morning @boston25 pic.twitter.com/wBbMIgMEu7
— Joy Dumandan (@JoyDumandanTV) 6 February 2018
Vin Lalli, a neighbor, told the Boston Herald that she saw Sanders sitting down and telling another occupant to call the ambulance Monday afternoon.
“The ambulance driver put her on the stretcher and all of a sudden she started to scream and kick,” Lalli recalled. “And a woman (also in the building] came out and said,” I think she killed her babies.'”
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Lalli said Sanders was “kind of hysterical” and believed that the mother “snapped or something.”
Another resident Sherri Alaboh also told Boston25: “You never know what people are going through. Maybe she needed help and didn’t know where to turn, or just gave up.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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