A mum is being questioned after her four “babies” were stabbed to death.sta789-plThe child murders have stunned the leafy suburban Tennessee community. Police found the children’s bodies after being called to a flat near a golf course in Shelby County before 1 pm on Friday.

Officers have not released the ages of the children, but sheriff’s office spokesman Earle Farrell said deputies responding to the scene called them “babies”. They were waiting to contact next of kin to release the names.

Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham did not specifically allege that the mother had stabbed the children and said investigators did not know if she had mental health issues. He added: “This is an egregious act of evil that has shocked us to our core. I will never understand how anyone can do this.”