DUXBURY, MA – A Massachusetts woman, Lindsay Clancy, has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of murdering her three young children in a distressing incident that took place in late January. Clancy, a 32-year-old nurse, is accused of using exercise ropes to strangle her children, aged 5, 3, and 7 months, before attempting to take her own life.
The grand jury indicted Clancy on three counts of murder and three counts of strangulation, according to Plymouth District Attorney Tim Cruz. Clancy’s attorney, Kevin Reddington, has yet to comment on the charges.
Reddington previously revealed that Clancy is now paralyzed from the waist down and has been receiving physical and mental health treatments in a hospital. She reportedly told her husband and a defense-appointed psychologist that she had heard a male voice instructing her to kill her children, claiming it was her “last chance.”
Patrick Clancy, Lindsay’s husband, had expressed concerns about his wife’s mental health to a family friend, stating that she was experiencing withdrawal symptoms from an anxiety medication she had stopped taking a month prior.
Court documents reveal that Lindsay appeared “fairly normal” during a dinner with friends two days before the tragic incident. However, Patrick had expressed concerns about Lindsay’s health to friends in the weeks leading up to the incident, noting that she had been prescribed additional medication and was showing signs of withdrawal from benzodiazepines, a type of anxiety medication.
Prosecutors argue that Lindsay’s actions were premeditated, citing evidence of Google searches and the fact that she had deliberately sent her husband out of the house. Despite this, Lindsay had never been diagnosed with postpartum depression, a point Reddington disputes, citing a “flawed” mental health care system.
The incident has deeply affected the suburban seaside community, including the first responders who discovered the children and attended to Lindsay. Patrick has remained largely out of the public eye, except for a statement on a GoFundMe page where he expressed his forgiveness for his wife and urged others to do the same.