• Memphis mother in court after charged with killing four kids

    By: Jerrita Patterson

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Shanynthia Gardner walked into Division Court 5 Thursday showing little emotion.  

    She did however react, when half a dozen of her family members piled into the courtroom in support of the woman who is charged with killing four of her children.

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    Gardner spoke briefly with her attorney, before Craig Morton went before Judge James Lammey handing him a report that could aid Gardner in her defense.

    At the end of last 2017 ... a state medical expert deemed Gardner 'mentally defective.'  Morton told FOX13 a forensic psychiatrist has reached the same conclusion.

    "They both are of the opinion that she suffered from a mental disability at the time of the event," Gardner's attorney Craig Morton said.

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    It was in 2016 when Gardner was arrested for stabbing to death four of her children--who ranged in age from 6 months to four years old.  Since then, she has been in and out of court.  

    Morton said his client is still struggling to understand what landed her behind bars.

    "It's a horrible thing particularly when you don't fully understand what got you where you are," Morton said.

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    As Gardner left the courtroom Thursday her family did as well, refusing to speak about the case.

    The hearing wrapped up in just a matter of minutes, but it could be extremely important as the judge could soon decide if Gardner could enter an insanity plea.  

    Gardner was ordered back in court March 21st.  


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