4 children fatally stabbed in Memphis; mother in custody

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Officials say four young children in suburban Memphis have been fatally stabbed and their mother has been taken into custody.

Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham told reporters deputies were called to an apartment complex in the county shortly before 1 p.m. Friday.

Oldham said they are working to notify the next of kin and won’t release names before that.

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.”

Oldham told reporters the investigation is in a very preliminary stage and investigators do not know if the mother had any mental health issues.

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This story has been corrected to show that the stabbing was in suburban Memphis, not Memphis proper.

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