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COUPLE ACCUSED OF PLAN TO SACRIFICE CHILDREN

A woman and her boyfriend are accused of plotting to sacrifice the woman's three children on a church altar.

Nicole Mancini, 29, and John Thurber, 35, were arrested Wednesday at St. Mary's Church after church workers said they heard the woman say she wanted to sacrifice the boys.

"We could tell this woman was not right," said church secretary Donna Landolfi. "She said, 'Let's go make the sacrifice.' "

Mancini and Thurber were in jail Saturday on more than $25,000 bail. They were arraigned Friday on three counts each of misdemeanor child endangerment. A judge ordered Mancini to undergo a mental evaluation.

The children, ages 9, 7 and 2, were not harmed and were placed in state custody.

Police said Mancini told them that Jesus sacrificed himself for her, so she was going to sacrifice the boys to free her soul.

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