A midwife mother who strangled her three children appears in court from her hospital bed
The Massachusetts mother who strangled her three children and attempted suicide appeared virtually today from her hospital bed as her lawyers revealed she was paralyzed.
Lindsay Clancy, 32, is charged with three counts of premeditated murder for strangling her three children on January 29 at their family home in Duxbury, Massachusetts.
Clancy’s lawyers say she was severely depressed, suffering from postpartum depression and even psychosis, caused by a cocktail of prescription drugs that turned her into a ‘shell’ of herself and the deprived of his personality and his ability to feel emotions.
They say Lindsay told her husband – who forgave her – that she heard a “man’s voice” telling her to kill the children and then herself because it was her “last choice”.
Prosecutors today launched a merciless prosecution, saying she was well aware of what she was doing and even planned it.
Clancy remains in the hospital after attempting suicide; she slit her wrists and jumped from a window on the top floor of her house after strangling her children, Cora, five, Dawson, three, and Callan, eight months
They told the court she had behaved normally in the days leading up to the incident and only referred to mild “postpartum anxiety” in notes found on her iPhone.
They also referenced notes in which she described “resenting” the two eldest children for preventing her from “loving Callan like he was her first baby.”
Prosecutors say she deliberately sent her husband to a take-out restaurant far enough from the house to give him time to kill the children, and even researched how long it would take him to drive to and from the house. Google Maps help.
They also noted that she should have strangled each child for several minutes with the exercise bands to stop them breathing.
“The groups must have been shaking their heads for several minutes.
She’s not well at all… she’s paraplegic, unable to move her legs or feel any sensations… she’s paralyzed
“She could have changed her mind,” they said, calling it a “premeditated” crime with “extreme cruelty.”
They say the first thing Lindsay asked doctors at the hospital was whether she needed a lawyer, using a pen and whiteboard to scribble the question because she was intubated at the time. .
They also claimed she had behaved normally all day before the attack, taking her children to the pediatrician and then playing with them at home.
Lindsay was denied bail but will be allowed to stay in hospital before being moved to a rehabilitation centre. She was ordered to surrender her passport.
After attacking the children, Lindsay slit her wrists then jumped from her bedroom window and landed in the family’s garden.
She suffered multiple spinal fractures and is now a paraplegic, her lawyer said.
‘She’s not well at all. She suffered from several severe spinal fractures. She is not expected to recover significant function below this level of the spinal cord.
Lindsay Clancy with her husband Patrick and their eldest children, Cora, five, and Dawson, three. She
After strangling the children, Lindsay tried to cut her wrists. She then jumped from a window in the family home. Eight-month-old baby Callan died in hospital. Cora and Dawson died at home
“She is a paraplegic, unable to move her legs or feel any sensation. She is paralyzed.
MEDICATIONS PRESCRIBED TO LINDSAY EIGHT MONTHS BEFORE MURDERS
- Zolpidem (Ambien)
- Clonazepam (Klonopin)
- Diazepam (Valium)
- Fluoxetine (Prozac)
- Lamotrigine (Lamictil)
- Lorazepam (Ativan)
- Mirtazapine (Remeron)
- Quetiapine Fumarate (Seroquel)
“She needs significant medical treatment,” he said, pleading with the court not to jail her and instead allow her to be sent to a medical rehabilitation center.
Clancy’s lawyers say she was over-prescribed a cocktail of prescription drugs to treat postpartum depression, and it turned her into a “zombie.”
In court today, his attorney, Kevin J. Reddington, denied the attacks were premeditated.
“We all know that this is a person who is in a serious state of health. This woman is a danger to herself. I wonder if she would ever come to trial.
“She is suicidal, she is extremely emotional. She is unable to express happiness, sadness or cry,’ Reddington said.
He said she was ‘completely destroyed’ by the cocktail of drugs she was prescribed after the birth of her third child.
“Our society is failing miserably in treating women with postpartum depression or postpartum psychosis.
“It’s ‘cure, cure, cure’.
“Throw away the pills and see how it works.”
Her husband Patrick has forgiven her and asks others to do the same.
In court, her lawyer also referred to the numerous letters of support she received from friends and colleagues, all of whom say it was irrelevant for her to have harmed the children.
“She loved her children,” her attorney said.
The Clancy home in Duxbury, Massachusetts, where the children were killed in the basement
A sea of tributes for the children were left outside the house after they passed away
Patrick, Lindsay’s husband, forgave her. He is shown with the children, Cora, five, Dawson, three, and Callan, eight months
Lindsay was described as a loving mother who said she wanted to have more children
Clancy’s attorney previously told a judge that Lindsay’s prescribed medication made her feel like a “zombie.”
He seeks to fight the charges, arguing that she was out of control due to the drastic effects the drugs had on her mind and body.
Investigators are now probing the theory that she may have suffered from postpartum psychosis.
He also described the “horrible” combination of prescription drugs Lindsay received.
Reddington says that between October and January Clancy was prescribed a dozen drugs: Zolpidem which is sold under the brand name Ambien, clonazepam which is sold under the brand name Klonopin, diazepam which is sold under the brand name Valium, fluoxetine which is sold under the brand name Prozac, lamotrigine, which is sold under the brand name Lamictil, lorazepam, which is sold under the brand name Ativan, mirtazapine, which is sold under the brand name brand name Remeron, quetiapine fumarate, which is sold under the brand name Seroquel and trazodone.