Tennessee judge finds woman guilty in deaths of 4 children

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee judge has found a woman guilty of stabbing four of her children to death in 2016.

Criminal Court Judge James Lammey Jr. rejected Shanynthia Gardner’s insanity defense in the deaths of the children, who ranged in age from 4 years to 5 months.

The Shelby County district attorney’s office said another child, who was 7 at the time, escaped to a neighbor’s home.

Lammey heard the case in a nonjury trial last week.

The prosecutor’s office said he ruled Tuesday that Gardner could appreciate the wrongfulness of her actions.

Gardner is to be sentenced Jan. 28 on four counts of first-degree murder and other counts.

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