A mother has been accused of strangling her two children and attempting to kill her eight-month-old baby before jumping from the top window of her Massachusetts home.
Clancy’s husband Patrick, 34, returned home around 6 p.m. Tuesday to find his wife had tried to kill herself and immediately called the police, MassLive reports.
Midwife Lindsay Clancy, 32, and her eight-month-old baby both survived the apparent suicide attempt – but Cora, five, and Dawson, three, were pronounced dead on arrival at hospital. Witnesses said the baby was resuscitated at the scene.
Lindsay Clancy, 32, is accused of murdering her two children, Cora, five, left, and Dawson, three, right. Pictured in 2021 with her father Patrick, 34.
Heartbreaking images show Cora (right) and Dawson (left) smiling. Both were pronounced dead
Officers arrived at the family home to find the three children upstairs “unconscious” “with obvious signs of trauma”. They appear to have been strangled, authorities confirmed.
First responders took Cora and Dawson to a local hospital, where medics pronounced them both dead.
The baby was flown to Boston Children’s Hospital, where he lives and is still being treated, as of Wednesday afternoon.
Clancy frequently shared photos of her children online, as she said in a post she was “so incredibly grateful” for her family
The mother, pictured with Cora as a baby, was a nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital
Clancy pictured with her surviving child in a September 2022 Facebook post
Clancy’s Facebook profile features a proud mother who frequently shared photos of her young, smiling family.
In a 2020 post, she wrote, “So incredibly grateful for this family and this life.”
Sources told the WBZ-TV I-Team that investigators are looking into the possibility that Lindsay Clancy suffered from postpartum psychosis.
Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz confirmed Wednesday that Clancy has been charged with two counts of murder.
In a press conference, he said of the family: “I can’t begin to fathom the pain, the depth of the pain they must be feeling.”
Clancy pictured with her husband Patrick, 34, who called authorities after finding her on Tuesday night
He told reporters: “I would like to continue to commend the professionalism and work of the Duxbury First Responders and the Mass State Police.
“I’m sure many of you will not forget what you saw last night and I think we should all be grateful to the men and women who are donning a uniform and ready to do this difficult and challenging job.
“Obviously when something like this happens, there are usually more questions than answers. Moving forward, we will provide answers as best we can.”
He warned that “no one is here to speculate,” adding, “We recognize the fact that anyone charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.”
He ended the conference by saying, “Our hearts and condolences go out to the Clancy family.”
Officials confirmed Wednesday that Clancy would be charged in the deaths of her two children. Shown with Cora, left, and Dawson, right.
On her Facebook page, Clancy lists herself as an obstetrician at Massachusetts General Hospital.
The hospital has confirmed that the mother was employed there.
A statement to the Boston Globe said: “We are shocked and saddened to learn of this unimaginable tragedy. We extend our deepest sympathy to everyone affected by these devastating events.’
Officials said Wednesday their “hearts and condolences” go out to the Clancy family
On Wednesday, two Plymouth women, Donna Jesse, who posed as the children’s aunt, and Rita Musgrove, who said she was their great-grandmother, left a bouquet of pink, red and white roses outside the house where it happened.
“They were beautiful, beautiful kids,” Jesse told the Boston Globe.
Authorities have been called to the family’s address at 47 Summer Street, Duxbury
Musgrove added: “It’s quite shocking”.
John Sullivan, a neighbor whose yard adjoins the backyard at 47 Summer St., said he received a call from his son Tuesday night telling him a woman was “laying down in the backyard.”
Sullivan went to his neighbor’s property, where he saw first responders performing CPR on a baby outside, he told the Boston Globe.
The regional court has taken custody of the two dead children.
Cruz said they will now conduct autopsies to determine the cause and manner of death.
Results will be released when a death certificate is issued.