A Massachusetts mother of three allegedly strangled two of her children to death before jumping out of her home window in a failed suicide attempt.
When the husband of the mother, 32-year-old Lindsay Clancy, returned home around 6:00 pm on Tuesday, he called the cops to report her failed suicide.
When the authorities arrived, they discovered the bodies of 5-year-old Cora Clancy and 3-year-old Dawson Clancy suffering from “obvious signs of severe trauma.”
They also found Clancy’s third child, a 7-month-old boy, reportedly unconscious.
A memorial outside the home where a five and three-year-old were killed and a seven-month-old was critically injured continues to grow.
The @PlymouthCtyDAO says they plan on charging their mother, Lindsay Clancy, with the murder of her children. #wcvb pic.twitter.com/BfNVOdGlfR
— Danae Bucci (@DanaeBucci) January 25, 2023
“First responders rushed Cora and Dawson Clancy to a local hospital, where medics pronounced both children dead. … The 7-month-old boy was flown to Boston Children’s Hospital, where he was alive and being treated as of Wednesday afternoon,” MassLive reported.
Clancy meanwhile was also hospitalized, where she remained as of Wednesday.
According to Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz, she’ll face two counts of murder as per Cora and Dawson’s death.
“This is an unimaginable senseless tragedy. This is not something that happened randomly,” he said during a press conference Tuesday.
Arrest warrant issued for Duxbury mother Lindsay Clancy for two counts of homicide, three counts of strangulation & three counts of assault & battery w/ deadly weapon for deaths of 5 year-old Cora Clancy & 3 year-old Dawson Clancy, injuries to 7-month-old boy #Boston25 pic.twitter.com/hYoGgEOnak
— Drew Karedes (@DrewKaredes) January 26, 2023
MassLive notes that Clancy “is employed as a labor and delivery nurse at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.”
“We are shocked and saddened to learn of this unthinkable tragedy. We extend our deepest sympathies to all those affected by these devastating events,” a spokesperson for the hospital said.
However, unnamed sources confirmed to local station WBZ that Clancy may have been suffering from postpartum psychosis and that she’d been on leave from her work.
“This condition affects a person’s sense of reality, causing hallucinations, delusions, paranoia or other behavior changes. In severe cases, people with PPP may attempt to harm themselves or their newborn. This condition is treatable, and early treatment increases the odds of a good outcome,” according to the Cleveland Clinic.
Sources tell the WBZ I-Team that #Duxbury mom Lindsay Clancy was suffering from Postpartum Psychosis, which can cause vivid hallucinations.
If you or someone you know is struggling, call 1-833-943-5746. Retweet or share this number with a mom you know, it could save a life ❤️ pic.twitter.com/RcQfisTEhj
— Breana Pitts (@BrePWBZ) January 26, 2023
Many questions still remain unanswered, but for now, the community is reeling from the tragedy.
“Our community is of course reeling from the tragic events of last night,” Duxbury Town Manager René Read reportedly said.
“Everybody is in a state of disbelief. It is tragic. The whole neighborhood is trying to process this whole thing,” Clancy’s neighbor John Sullivan said.
And help. The whole community is also reportedly trying to find ways to help.
“How do you? Especially when children are involved. Mental health issues, if those are some of the reasons why this happened, we just don’t know, it’s the unknowable,” local minister Rev. Bill Ferguson of the Pilgrim Church said.
Even first responders are reportedly reeling from the tragedy.
“To all those who responded we care about you. If you or a colleague is in need of support, please reach out,” Duxbury Fire Chief Robert Reardon said.
“It’s a challenging event. I think being a police officer, being a first responder, has never been more challenging, and I think we should all be thanking them for their efforts and we should continue to pray for the family,” Cruz added.
Thank you to all the agencies who supported us during the last 12 hours. We used resources from six towns to help us in our response to this tragedy. Please keep the family and all the first responders in your prayers. pic.twitter.com/87mSDrwpED
— Duxbury Fire PIO (@DXFD_PIO) January 25, 2023
Our prayers are with the family and community today. We keep @Duxbury_Police @DXFD_PIO @PlymouthCtyDAO and all of the public safety personnel that responded last night, to a truly horrific scene, in our thoughts. https://t.co/hPkG1yiz4Q
— Plymouth Co. Sheriff (@PlymouthSheriff) January 25, 2023
The tragedy even piqued the attention of state Rep. Josh S Cutler.
“It’s hard to find the right words for the unimaginable tragedy in Duxbury last night. Our hearts break at the loss of these innocent children. There is lots of love and support in our community and every bit of it will be needed for this family,” he tweeted Wednesday morning.
“While we await more details, we also send our thoughts to all the dedicated police, fire and EMS professionals who responded to what must have been a very traumatic scene,” he added.
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