TN Mom Arrested For Stabbing Her Children To Death
A mother in Memphis, Tennessee has been charged with first-degree murder and child abuse and neglect in connection with the stabbing deaths of her four young children, authorities said Saturday.
Shanynthia Gardner of Memphis was charged with four counts of first degree murder while committing aggravated child neglect in the deaths of four of her children — all under the age of 5 — whose bodies were found after deputies entered her apartment in unincorporated Shelby County.
Gardner also faces 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. Their names have not been released.
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.
“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 mental 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.