Mom charged with killing children to have mental evaluation

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A Tennessee woman charged with stabbing her four children to death will undergo a mental health evaluation to determine if she can face the upcoming legal proceedings against her.

General Sessions Judge L. Lambert Ryan on Monday agreed with a request from lawyers to order the evaluation for 29-year-old Shanynthia Gardner. She is accused of cutting the throats of her three daughters and one son, all younger than 5, on July 1. Her 7-year-old son escaped the attack in a suburban Memphis apartment.

Gardner was not present during a brief court hearing Monday. She is being treated at the Memphis Mental Health Institute, where she was taken after a court hearing last week.

A hearing has been scheduled for later this month to check the progress of the evaluation.