4 children stabbed in Memphis; mother in custody

Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies work the scene where four young children were fatally stabbed at the Greens of Irene apartment, Friday, July 1, 2016 in Memphis, Tenn. Four young children were stabbed to death in a gated apartment complex in suburban Memphis on Friday, and police took their mother into custody for questioning. (Mark Weber/The Commercial Appeal via AP)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – 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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