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Case Against Memphis Mother Headed To Grand Jury

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Posted at 2:55 PM, Aug 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-10 15:55:16-04

A Memphis mother accused of stabbing to death her four young children has waived her preliminary hearing, meaning the case against her can be presented to a grand jury.

Shanynthia Gardner, age 29, went before Judge Bill Anderson Jr. on Wednesday in Memphis. She signed the hearing waiver, and Anderson accepted it.

A grand jury has been set to decide whether to indict Gardner. She was arrested after her three daughters and one son, all younger than 5, were found dead in her suburban Memphis apartment July 1.

Court documents said her 7-year-old son escaped the attack and told someone his mother was stabbing his sister.

Craig Morton, Gardner's lawyer, has said she isn't a violent person and he believes she has a mental disability. She has been undergoing a court-ordered mental evaluation.