Shanynthyia Gardner, 29, of Memphis, TN, is charged in the murders of four of her children on Friday. At 12:40 p.m., the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call at the Greens at Irene Apartments. When deputies arrived, they discovered that four of Gardner’s children were dead as a result of being stabbed and having their throats cut. Gardner admitted to the killings of children; four-year-old Tallen Gardner, three-year-old Sya Gardner, two-year-old Sahvi Gardner, and 6-month-old Yahzi Gardner. The oldest child, seven-year-old Dallen Clayton, fled the apartment while Gardner was killing the other children.
Gardner is an employee of ALSAC St. Jude. In March 2015, her husband reported her missing. According to the report, she left their house at 9 p.m. to run and hadn’t returned for hours. He also stated that she had been having problems at work. “She also has been feeling that someone is trying to harm her and her family,” he added. The day before she disappeared, she left work, picked up the children, and drove 95 miles from Memphis, TN to Corinth, MS. Her husband told police that she didn’t know anyone in Corinth. Gardner was later found at the hospital, but wouldn’t say how she ended up there.
You might expecting me to just shoot in on this females. Or make fun of her name. Or flip out on black females in general. Not going to do it on this one. Just based on these facts, this black female doesn’t fit the typical profile. She was married, gainfully employed, and doesn’t appear to have a history of ratchet stupidity. Maybe it was a psychotic break. Maybe she had some undiagnosed mental illness, which is more common among black people than anyone wants to mention. What’s odd is that the four children she killed were her husband’s children, but the one who survived wasn’t.
Gardner’s first appearance in court is scheduled for July 5.