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This 2016 arrest photo provided by the Shelby County Sheriff's Office shows Shanynthia Gardner of Memphis, Tenn.
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A Tennessee mother accused of stabbing four of her children to death last week was moved to a mental health institute on Tuesday after appearing in court, authorities said.

Shanynthia Gardner, 29, was taken to Memphis Mental Health Institute after a brief video court appearance before a judge, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Earle Farrell told the Associated Press.

She faces charges of first-degree murder, child abuse and child neglect after she allegedly cut the throats of four children, who were all younger than 5, inside their Memphis apartment on Friday.

Gardner’s next hearing is set for next Monday, according to the AP.


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