- Shanynthia Gardner was charged for the dead of her 4 children all younger than 5
- Shanythia's oldest son Dallen escape and told a neighbor his mom was stabbing his sister
- Authorities found the bodies of three daughters and a son
- Shanynthia is being held in jail without bond
- Friends and family say they cannot believe that it happened
29-year-old Shanynthia Gardner was charged Thursday on the murder and child abuse charges in the stabbing deaths of her four young children.
According to the Shelby County district attorney's office, the woman from Tennessee is being held in jail without bond.
Shanynthia also faces four counts of first degree murder while committing aggravated child abuse; four counts of aggravated child neglect or endangerment and four counts of aggravated child abuse.
According to Dallen - the oldest son of Gardner - she cut her children's throats at her apartment and he was able to escape and told a neighbor his mother was stabbing his sister.
Authorities found the bodies of three daughters and a son, all younger than 5.
The youngest child, six-month old Yahzi, was dead in a baby carrier in the living room, her sister, three-year-old Sya, was discovered next to her.
In a nearby bedroom, deputies found Sahvi, two, lying on a mattress and her four-year-old brother, Tallen, on the floor next to her.
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A neighbor told officers that he saw Shanynthia come outside with a large knife in her hand, then re-enter the residence.
Sonya Clayton, the grandmother of seven-year-old Dallen who managed to run away has said she does not understand what could have led the mother to attack her children.
Friends of hers, including the father of the child who escaped, say they cannot believe that it happened.