A Shocking Crime: Massachusetts Mother Indicted for Strangling Her Children
A grand jury has indicted a Massachusetts mother who allegedly strangled her three young children.
Lindsay Clancy, 32, has been charged on three counts each of murder and strangulation for the deaths of 5-year-old Cora, 3-year-old Dawson, and Callan, who was only eight months old, Inside Edition reported. Clancy was previously indicted in Plymouth District Court on two counts of murder, three counts of strangulation or suffocation, and three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
The new indictment, however, moves her case out of the district court and into Plymouth Superior Court.
Clancy has not entered a plea for the current charges, nor has she appeared in court. She previously pleaded not guilty to the earlier charges.
After allegedly strangling her children, she attempted to kill herself and was hospitalized. She is now receiving psychiatric care at Tewksbury Hospital and is expected to remain there until November.
Clancy used her cell phone to check the time it would take for her husband to return from errands so that she could strangle the kids and try to kill herself, prosecutors said in February.
She allegedly sent her husband to pick up dinner and medications from a CVS store so she could kill their children and herself, the Daily Beast reported. While he was out of the house, she allegedly strangled her children with exercise bands, killing the older children in the home and sending the youngest to a hospital, where he died later.
“The defendant did not take advantage of the situation when her husband left the home that night,” Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Sprague said during Clancy’s arraignment on Tuesday. “She created the situation. And she used Apple Maps to make sure she had enough time to strangle each child before her husband returned from where she sent him.”
Sprague added that it took at least four minutes to kill each child and that Clancy told a psychiatrist she “killed the kids because she heard a voice” and had “a moment of psychosis.”
Clancy’s husband, Patrick, said during the hearing that his wife only used the word “psychosis” after speaking with a doctor hired by her defense attorney, the Beast reported.
Clancy appeared at her February arraignment from her hospital bed, where she had been left paralyzed from the waist down after jumping out of a window in a suicide attempt after allegedly strangling her children. She also cut her wrists and neck before she jumped.
Patrick reportedly returned home and found the house quiet. He searched for the children and found Clancy lying injured in the backyard.
“What did you do? Where are the kids?” the prosecution said he asked.
His wife allegedly responded, “In the basement.”
Patrick then called 911 and allegedly found the children in the basement with exercise bands still around their necks.
Clancy reportedly had “suicidal ideations in December of 2022 … and on one occasion had thoughts of harming her children,” the prosecution said, according to People magazine. She committed herself to a Boston psychiatric hospital on January 1, prosecutors added, but was released on January 5. On January 24, she allegedly killed her children and attempted suicide.
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Nment in February, according to the Daily Wire. “The defendant waited for an extended period of time, calculated approximately how long it would take for him to return, and carried out her plan to strangle her children.”
This shocking crime has left the community in disbelief and mourning for the loss of these innocent lives. The details of the case are chilling and disturbing, highlighting the potential darkness that can exist within the human mind.
The indictment and subsequent trial of Lindsay Clancy will undoubtedly be closely watched by both the public and legal professionals. The charges she is facing reflect the severity of her alleged actions, with multiple counts of murder and strangulation.
It is important to remember that Lindsay Clancy is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The trial process will allow for a thorough examination of the evidence and a fair determination of her guilt or innocence.
While Clancy awaits her trial, she is receiving psychiatric care at Tewksbury Hospital. Mental health will likely play a crucial role in this case, as it often does in cases involving such heinous crimes. Understanding the motivations and psychological state of the accused is vital in establishing the truth and ensuring justice is served.
This tragedy serves as a reminder of the importance of mental health awareness and support. It is essential that individuals struggling with their mental well-being have access to appropriate resources and treatment. Early intervention and support can potentially prevent such devastating events from occurring.
The impact of this crime will forever be felt by the family and friends of the victims, as well as the broader community. They will need support and healing as they navigate through the grief and trauma caused by this unimaginable loss.
The coming months will bring forth more details and developments in this case. The strength of the justice system lies in its ability to provide a fair and impartial process for all parties involved. It is through this process that the truth will be uncovered, and justice will be served.
In the face of such a heartbreaking event, it is important for communities to come together and support one another. Reach out to loved ones, friends, and neighbors to offer your support and lend an understanding ear. Together, we can work towards preventing further tragedies and promoting a safer and more compassionate society.
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