Duxbury, MA

Lindsay Clancy: Second indictment handed down for mother accused of murdering her three kids

Lavinia Thompson

An new indictment has come down for the Duxbury, Massachusetts mother accused of murdering her three children before attempting to commit suicide, according to CBS.

The indictment charges Lindsay Clancy, 32, with three counts each of murder and strangulation for the deaths of her three children on January 24, 2023, CBS says.

The Inside Edition states that Lindsay was previously indicted in the Plymouth District Court, and this new indictment moves her case to the Plymouth Superior Court.

Lindsay Clancy is currently receiving mental health treatment at Tewksbury Hospital, the Inside Edition says.

Her husband, Patrick Clancy, left the house on Jan. 24 for 25 minutes to pick up prescriptions and takeout food. Within that time, Lindsay allegedly strangled their three kids before slitting her throat and jumping from the top story of the home, CBS previously reported.

Patrick, her husband, returned from his routine errands to a silent house before finding his wife in the backyard, CBS says.

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The five-year-old girl, Cora, and three-year-old boy, Dawson, died the same day after being taken to hospital, CBS adds. Seven-month-old son Callen clung to life until the morning of Jan. 27, when he succumbed to the traumatic injuries.

Kevin J. Reddington, Lindsay’s defense attorney, told the court at the Feb. 7 arraignment hearing that she was having “bad thoughts,” “worsening depression,” and couldn’t sleep.

“She’s suicidal. She’s extremely emotional, however she’s unable and has been unable to express any happiness or sadness or cry,” Reddington said. He also told the court that his client suffered from postpartum psychosis and was over-prescribed medication.

In May, Reddington confirmed that as a result of jumping from the window, Lindsay is permanently paralyzed from the waist down, the Boston Globe reported.

Prosecutors, however, argue that Lindsay was in her right mind when she sent her husband out to run errands, the Inside Edition says. Patrick will be a key witness during the trial and has been publicly supportive of his wife.

“I want to ask all of you that you find it deep within yourselves to forgive Lindsay, as I have. The real Lindsay was generously loving and caring towards everyone — me, our kids, family, friends, and her patients. The very fibers of her soul are loving. All I wish for her now is that she can somehow find peace,” he said in a statement.

Divorce attorney Ken Jewell told the Inside Edition in July that while spouses usually cannot be forced to testify against their partner, there are some exceptions.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts website confirms that the spousal privilege “shall not apply in civil proceedings, or in any prosecution for nonsupport, desertion, neglect of parental duty, or child abuse, including incest.”

Jewell adds that Patrick would be forced to testify if handed a subpeona. However, he can plead the fifth while on the stand, and he cannot be forced to reveal any private conversations he had with Lindsay, even if they divorced, the Inside Edition says.

“The question here is whether the communication was made in furtherance of preserving and/or continuing the marital relationship. If the statement was said in the context of destroying or otherwise dissolving the marriage, it won’t be protected,” Jewell said. “In contrast, if the statement was made in furtherance of the marital union, such as ‘I killed your lover because of my love for you,’ it’s protected because the spouse was emphasizing his love for his wife.”

A not guilty plea was entered on Lindsay’s behalf at the arraignment hearing, the Inside Edition notes.

CBS adds that an arraignment date for the new indictment hasn’t been set yet.

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