A bizarre series of events has ended in the tragic death of two young boys. Latarsha L. Sanders has been arrested and charged with two counts of murder in the fatal stabbings of her sons, 8-year-old Edson “Marlon” Brito and 5-year-old Lason Brito. According to Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz, Sanders’ mental state and obsession with rituals has left them confused about her motives.
“We believe, based upon her comments, that she was involved in some sort of rituals that she believed in,” Cruz said addressing the press. “Suffice it to say it’s something she referred to throughout her life to other people in her family, or at least for the last couple of years… We don’t have a lot of clarity to a lot of the things she was saying at this point.”
Latarsha Sanders allegedly confessed that she murdered her two young sons as part of a “ritual incident’’ in a Brockton apartment. https://t.co/KBt50erQgq
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Latarsha’s mother, Earline Sanders, witnessed her daughter’s increasingly erratic behavior over the last two years. She had become obsessed with the Illuminati, numerology, rituals, sacrifices, and had become paranoid. Earline told Brockton police that her daughter was “mentally unstable and crazy” but had refused medical help. Sadly, Latarsha’s mother recalled instances where she accused Earline of killing her father and threatened to chop up her older son and put him in a freezer. These incidents took place on Saturday.
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Latarsha had dropped off her daughter at Earline’s and claimed to be taking the young boys to the hospital. But Earline became worried when her daughter failed to come back on Sunday to pick the girl up. Latarsha was neither answering nor returning any of her mother’s phone calls and messages. On Monday, Latarsha showed up at her mother’s house and attacked her physically. When Earline asked about the boys’ whereabouts, Latarsha reportedly yelled, “None of your [expletive] business!”
Brockton woman, Latarsha Sanders to be arraigned tomorrow in Brockton District Court. She's charged after her two sons were found dead with stab wounds on Monday. Plymouth Country DA Tim Cruz says there's no motive currently @959watdfm @WATDSSMN pic.twitter.com/EUYK14SrrB
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By noon on Monday, police had found both boys dead at Latarsha’s home in their respective bedrooms covered with sheets. The grisly scene was made worse by the fact that Marlon had been stabbed around 50 times. Latarsha told police that his death was part of a cleansing ritual which failed so she turned the knife on Lason. Police took her into custody immediately.
On Tuesday, Latarsha was arraigned in Brockton District Court where she pleaded not guilty to murder charges. She is being held without bail.