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Mother charged in stabbing deaths of 4 children

8 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago July 02, 2016 Jul 2, 2016 Saturday, July 02 2016 July 02, 2016 2:15 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: ApNewsNow
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MEMPHIS, Tenn.- Authorities in Tennessee say the mother of four children found fatally stabbed has been charged with first-degree murder.

Shanynthia Gardner of Memphis faces four counts of first degree murder while committing aggravated child neglect; four counts of first degree murder while committing aggravated child abuse; four counts of aggravated child neglect or endangerment; and four counts of aggravated child abuse.

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.

A 7-year-old boy escaped the attack. All five children were Gardner's.

Deputies were called to an apartment complex in unincorporated Shelby County shortly before 1 p.m. Friday. They took Gardner into custody after finding the children's bodies.

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