Neighbors react to gruesome crime in normally quiet neighborhood - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Andrew Douglas

Neighbors react to gruesome crime in normally quiet neighborhood

Neighbors on Minehaha Street near Audubon Park are shocked by Monday's brutal crime in their normally quiet East Memphis neighborhood. They're questioning what exactly happened inside the home of young family.

"All that we're thinking of now is that the little kids are alright," said neighbor Sally Askew.

Detectives say the Joyner boys, 3-year-old Nolan and 11-month-old Hudson, remain in critical condition at the The Med. Their mother Monica is also listed there in critical condition. According to investigators, the children were critically cut by their mother, who then turned the knife on herself.

Joyner's husband was away on business. When he could not reach his wife and kids, he called his mother-in-law, who went to the house and made the gruesome discovery.

Tuesday night, neighbors remembered a sweet young family, always outside with the stroller or playing in the front yard. The family had been in the neighborhood less than a year, but had made a favorable impression.

Neighbors wonder if postpartum depression may have played a role in the incident. Neighbor Stephanie Tatum hopes the family gets the medical attention they need to overcome the ordeal

"I just think we should have compassion for the family because we don't know," said Tatum.

This case remains a criminal investigation and will be handed over the attorney general's office. Prosecutors will have the final say on charges in this case.

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