The Memphis community's pain and sadness about the 2016 killing of four young children - and the wounding of another - by their mother led to the vigil chronicled in this story by The New Tri-State Defender.

by The Associated Press —

In a nonjury trial, a mother accused of stabbing her four children to death in 2016 has been found guilty.

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.

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

Lammey, who heard the case last week, ruled Tuesday that Gardner could appreciate the wrongfulness of her actions, the prosecutor’s office said in a news release.

Gardner remains in custody and is to be sentenced Jan. 28 on four counts of first-degree murder as well as abuse, neglect and endangerment counts.