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Memphis mother who killed 4 of her 5 children has no known mental illness

Gardner's kids on Facebook

Gardner’s kids on Facebook

Shanynthia Gardner has been charged with four counts of aggravated child abuse-endangerment, four counts of aggravated child abuse, four counts of aggravated child abuse-neglect, and four counts of first degree murder in the deaths of her three daughters and one son —ages 4,3,2 and 6-months-old.

This horrible tragedy occurred at Gardner’s home, the Greens at Irene Apartments, located in Memphis, Tennessee. She stabbed four of her five children. The oldest, a son, age 7, managed to escape. According to WREG, first responders discovered 6-month-old Yahzi Gardner sitting in her baby carrier and  her sister, 3-year-old Sya Gardner, lying next to her dead. Both had severe lacerations to their throats. Four-year-old Tallen Gardner and 2-year-old Sahvi Gardner were found in a bedroom. Tallen was on the floor while his little sister was on the bed with the same wounds.

Shanynthia Gardner murdered her four children

Shanynthia Gardner murdered her four children (source: Facebook)

Gardner, 29, was a part-time employee of ALSAC, the fundraising arm of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. When paramedics arrived, she had cuts to her neck and wrists.

Her surviving 7-year-old son Dallen is from a previous marriage to Detrail Clayton. She is currently married to Martin Gardner to whom she allegedly admitted she did the killings.

Mark Billingsley, police commissioner for Memphis stated: “We lost four children today on a weekend when we should be celebrating independence. I hope the community will embrace this family.”

Sheriff Bill Oldham adds, “One of the most difficult questions in any investigation always is ‘why?’ It’s a tragic scene and one that shocked us to our core.”

No record of mental illness for Gardner has been revealed.

Sonya Clayton, the grandmother of seven-year-old Dallen Clayton, says her son Detrail is taking this hard. He has not seen or spoken to his son at the time of this writing. He is under protective supervision.

Gardner is expected to be in court on July 5.



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  2. Jason on July 4, 2016 at 6:44 am

    Trust me, in order for a mother to do this – she is mentally ill.

    • Michelle on July 4, 2016 at 11:01 am

      You’re exactly right Jason. Just because it wasn’t documented does not mean it didn’t exist.

    • Sol Rothstein on July 5, 2016 at 12:49 pm

      Trust me THIS BLACK WHORE was not MENTALLY ILL…She is a fucking murdering BLACK WHORE…

      Plain and Simple.


      Black men stop fucking these nasty HIV/STD…infected no good womb BLACK BITCHES.

      4 out of 5 of these BASTARDS are now dead…No excuse for this BLACK WHORE.

      I hope they fry this — PIECE OF SHIT !!!

      • Jason on July 5, 2016 at 6:24 pm

        What are your thoughts on non-black women? Do you hold them above Black women, or do you just hate ALL women?

      • Ty on July 6, 2016 at 5:03 am

        Black has nothing to do with it. She’s just a f*cked up person, like Andrea Yates (who was White)

        • Sol Rothstein on July 6, 2016 at 8:31 pm

          THIS BLACK WHORE and your mamma have a SPECIAL PLACE in HELL !!!

          You don’t kill children and go to heaven.

          DEMONS are around all of us…