“This is a terrible act, an egregious act that has shocked, I believe, the community, and has shocked our staff to the core,” the sheriff said Saturday. He did not release a suspected motive for the attack.


Deputies were called to an apartment complex in Shelby County on Friday afternoon. They took Gardner into custody after finding the children’s bodies.

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.

“One of the most difficult questions in any investigation is always, `Why did this happen?”‘ the sheriff said.

There is never a reason that one can see or understand that would cause a mother to do this to her children. The only thing imaginable is that the mom had some type of 111111111111111111111111111111111111111mental problem that went undetected or was not well managed. Children are a gift from God and although parenting is a very stressful job, there is no amount of stress that could cause someone to become this far unhinged.

This is a tragedy beyond words, not only did this woman take 4 lives she did so in front of her oldest child. That boy will relive that moment for the rest of his life.