A mum has been arrested after allegedly stabbing her four young children to death with a butcher’s knife before trying to take her own life. Shanynthia Gardner, 29, has been charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder following the horrific incident yesterday afternoon.
She is accused of fatally slitting the throats of four of her five children – aged six months to four years old – at an apartment in Tennessee, US.
Still wielding the knife, she then chased her eldest son – seven-year-old Dallen Clayton – out of the
home as he screamed loudly, it is alleged.
After Dallen got away, Gardner returned back inside the apartment, where her young children lay dead, neighbours told local media.
There, she is said to have tried to take her own life.
The mum-of-five was later arrested by police in Memphis after being found with ‘superficial cuts’ to her neck and wrist, according to the Inquisitr.
Tragically, the bodies of her children, Yahzi Gardner, Sya Gardner, Tallen Gardner, and Sahvi Gardner, were discovered inside the Shelby County apartment.
All four youngsters – who have a different dad from Dallen – had slit throats, officials said.
A butcher’s knife with what looked like blood on it was also recovered from the home, according to court documents seen by the New York Daily News .
Shelby County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Earle Farrell told the newspaper:
“When I first got the call to dispatch, I thought someone had been wounded. Then it kept getting worse and worse and worse.”
Police arrived at the grisly scene at around 12.40pm after receiving a 911 call from someone who heard Dallen’s screams, it is reported.