Startling details have been uncovered about the mother who is accused of killing four of her children on Friday in southeast Shelby County.
Shanynthia Gardner, 29, admitted to the fatal stabbing while talking to her husband, Martin Gardner, on the phone just minutes after committing the crimes, according to an affidavit obtained by FOX13.
Gardner, according to the affidavit, stabbed four of her children – all under the age of 5 – in the throat area, leaving them to die before deputies arrived on the scene.
Deputies told FOX13 two of the children’s bodies were found in the living room area and the other two bodies were found in a bedroom, lying motionless on the ground.
The affidavit states that Gardner had cuts to her neck and wrists when deputies arrived to the Greens at Irene apartments in the 4700 block of Southern Hill Drive around 12:40 p.m.
One of Gardner’s children, a seven-year-old, was able to escape in hopes of getting help for his siblings before it was too late.
The seven-year-old ran outside and told a witness his mother had stabbed his sister, and then the witness told police he saw Gardner come out of the home with a large knife in her hand and then re-entered the apartment.
Gardner is charged with four counts of first-degree murder, four counts of child abuse and four counts of aggravated child abuse and neglect.
FOX13 has learned Gardner was a part-time employee at St. Jude Children’s Hospital, where she worked in the ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude, in Cordova, according to an ALSAC spokesperson.
President and CEO of ALSAC, Rick Shadyac, released the following statement:
“We are deeply saddened to learn of this terrible news, and our hearts are broken for everyone touched by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the family.”
FOX13 will be working overnight to dig for the latest developments about Gardner and bring you those details beginning at 6 a.m. on Good Morning Memphis. WATCH HERE.
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