A Massachusetts woman, Lindsay Clancy, 32, has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of murder and strangulation in the deaths of her three young children. The indictment was announced by Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz. Clancy is accused of killing her children, 5-year-old Cora, 3-year-old Dawson, and 8-month-old Callan, in the basement of their Duxbury home on January 24. She then allegedly attempted suicide by jumping out of a window.
The children were found unconscious and showing signs of severe trauma when police arrived at the scene. Cora and Dawson were pronounced dead at the hospital on the same day, while Callan succumbed to his injuries a few days later. Clancy was taken into custody following an arrest warrant issued based on evidence gathered during the investigation.
Clancy’s first court appearance took place via Zoom from a hospital bed in February. When asked if she understood the proceedings, she responded affirmatively. Since then, the prosecution and defense have been at odds over the nature of the case.
The defense argues that Clancy was overmedicated on 13 different psychiatric drugs and may have been suffering from post-partum depression. The prosecution, however, alleges that Clancy deliberately sent her husband, Patrick, on a lengthy errand, giving her enough time to kill her children and attempt suicide.
Prosecutors claim that Clancy had researched how long it would take her husband to complete his errand at a local restaurant, ThreeV. Patrick Clancy, unaware of his wife’s intentions, called her during his errand to confirm his purchase. Upon returning home, he found the house eerily silent, with blood on the floor and an open window. He discovered his injured wife outside and the children in the basement, each with an exercise band around their necks.
Clancy’s defense attorney, Kevin Reddington, maintains that his client was suicidal and that the killings were the result of mental illness. Clancy is currently receiving treatment at a medical facility and is being held without bail. An arraignment date in Plymouth Superior Court has not been announced.
In a statement, Patrick Clancy expressed his forgiveness towards his wife, describing their loving relationship and her dedication as a mother. He asked others to find it within themselves to forgive Lindsay, emphasizing her caring nature and love for their children.