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Brockton mother killed children during ‘ritual incident,’ prosecutor says

Latarsha L. Sanders, 43, was arraigned in Brockton District Court on two counts of murder on Tuesday.

BROCKTON — Latarsha L. Sanders allegedly stabbed her 8-year-old son some 50 times with a kitchen knife as part of a “ritual incident” and then attacked her 5-year-old son after she concluded that the first child’s death had failed to complete the ritual, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

During a series of interviews with police following the discovery of the bodies of the two boys Monday, Sanders, 43, gave varied explanations for the deaths that ranged from a claim that she was motivated by “voodoo stuff” to the claim that her daughter “wanted a little blood.”

The shocking murders came one week after two women in East Bridgewater were arraigned on charges of torturing a 5-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy, in what the childrens’ mother described as voodoo cleansing rituals meant to ward off evil spirits. Voodoo practitioners and academics told the Globe the religion does not condone violence.

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