Tennessee

The Latest: 4 children stabbed in Memphis; mother in custody

  • Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham talks to reporters Friday, July 1, 2016, about the stabbing deaths of four children in suburban Memphis, Tenn. "This is an egregious act of evil that has shocked us to our core," Oldham said. "I will never understand how anyone can do this." (Mark Weber/The Commercial Appeal via AP)

    Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham talks to reporters Friday, July 1, 2016, about the stabbing deaths of four children in suburban Memphis, Tenn. "This is an egregious act of evil that has shocked us to our core," Oldham said. "I will never understand how anyone can do this." (Mark Weber/The Commercial Appeal via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Shelby County Sheriff's Office vehicles leave a gated neighborhood where four children were found stabbed to death Friday, July 1, 2016, in suburban Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)

    Shelby County Sheriff's Office vehicles leave a gated neighborhood where four children were found stabbed to death Friday, July 1, 2016, in suburban Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)  (The Associated Press)

  • An ambulance leaves a gated neighborhood where four children were found stabbed to death Friday, July 1, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)

    An ambulance leaves a gated neighborhood where four children were found stabbed to death Friday, July 1, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on the fatal stabbings of four young children in Tennessee (all times local):

8:35 a.m.

A news report says that the mother of four children who authorities say were fatally stabbed in a suburban Memphis apartment complex has been charged in their deaths.

Citing a charging document, The Commercial Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/29bCLhx ) that the woman has been charged with four counts of first degree murder associated with aggravated child abuse, four counts of first degree murder in association with aggravated child neglect, and four counts each of aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect or endangerment.

The bodies of the four children were found Friday. The mother was taken into custody, and was questioned Friday night.

Officials have not released the ages of the children, but Shelby County Sheriff's Office spokesman Earle Farrell said deputies responding to the scene called them "babies."

Authorities are planning a news conference later Saturday morning to update the public.

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The mother of four young children who were stabbed to death in a gated apartment complex in Tennessee is being held for questioning, but authorities have not charged her with a crime.

The deaths of the children on Friday saddened and dismayed neighbors and county officials, as authorities try to piece together what happened in the apartment located near a verdant golf course in a typically quiet neighborhood in suburban Memphis.

Deputies were called to the complex in unincorporated Shelby County shortly before 1 p.m. Friday. Officials have not released the ages of the children, but sheriff's office spokesman Earle Farrell said deputies responding to the scene called them "babies."

Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham called the killings an "egregious act of evil," though he did not specifically allege that the mother had stabbed the children.