Mother arrested for stabbing her four children to death

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Shanynthia Gardner Courtesy: WREG

UPDATE – Shanynthia Gardner admitted to killing four of their children who authorities said were 4,3,2 and 6-months-old.

On Saturday, Gardner was charged with four counts of aggravated child abuse-endangerment, four counts of aggravated child abuse, four counts of aggravated child abuse-neglect, and four counts of first- degree murder.

She is expected to be in court on July 5.


SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. -- Four children were killed at a Shelby County Apartment complex early Friday afternoon.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office confirmed they took the mother of the children into custody around 1 p.m.

They said they received a 911 emergency call around 12:40 from the Greens at Irene Apartments near Hacks Cross Road.

All of the children, who were under the age of six, had reportedly been stabbed and were deceased when deputies arrived.

The names of those involved have not been released yet.

The Shelby County District Attorney  was on the scene along with members of the Special Victims Unit and several other agencies.

Sheriff Bill Oldham said, "Our community has suffered an egregious act of evil and tremendous loss today."

Oldham went on to say, "One of the most difficult questions in any investigation always is 'why?'"