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Clayton said the woman who is accused of killing her own children isn't the woman she considered her daughter-in-law at one time.
“That was a beautiful sweet young lady,” Clayton said, talking about the Shanynthia Gardner she remembers. “What happened? I don't know. I know Shanynthia – this is the work of the devil.”
The well-being of Dallen is a mystery at this point, according Clayton. However, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the child is in a safe place.
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"I want Dallen, I need Dallen,” Clayton told WHBQ. “I need to know what's going with Dallen. They are giving us the run around – I don't understand.
"I know this is not Shanynthia, and I pray (for) and love Shanynthia wholeheartedly still. I'm praying for her," Clayton said.
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