In Memphis, Tennessee, a mother of 5, Shanynthia Gardner, has been charged with first-degree murder and child abuse and neglect in connection with the stabbing deaths of her four young children. All of the children murdered were under the age of 5.
Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham says the victims were a 4-year-old boy; a 3-year-old girl; a 2-year-old girl; and a 6-month-old girl. Their names have not been released.
Gardner’s oldest child, a 7-year-old boy, escaped the attack, but Oldham said details of how he survived were not being disclosed at this time. All five children were Gardner’s.
On Friday, Oldham said the district attorney general’s special victims’ unit had been called in and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has promised all resources necessary for the investigation. As of now authorities are not revealing the mother’s motive.
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