• Shanynthia Gardner ruled "mentally defective," trial still possible

    By: Zach Crenshaw


    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Memphis mother charged with killing her four children has been ruled “mentally defective” by a medical expert.

    Shanynthia Gardner was in court Tuesday morning.


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    She is accused of stabbing her four kids to death in June of 2016. 

    Gardner’s attorney, Craig Morton, told FOX13 that Gardner’s next court date is December 7th and will likely determine whether the case will go to trial.

    Morton said he hopes the state will consent to the medical expert’s findings and a hearing will be held to determine where Gardner will be committed.

    Gardner was indicted earlier this year on 28 felony counts, including first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse.

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    Gardner's children ranged from four years old to just six months.

    Two were found in a bedroom and two were found in the living room.

    Gardner's 7-year-old son escaped from the apartment and ran to neighbors for help. 

    As FOX13 reported in November, Gardner’s defense team involved a world-renowned forensic psychiatrist.

    Dr. Phillip Resnick has worked on more than 40 cases involving parents who have killed their children, including the Unabomber, the Oklahoma City bomber, Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapper, and the Aurora Theater shooter.

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