Massachusetts – A 32-year-old Massachusetts mother, Lindsay Clancy, has been charged with two counts of homicide and three counts of strangulation for allegedly strangling her 5-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son to death and attempting to kill her 7-month-old baby boy.
The tragic incident occurred in the family’s home in Duxbury, a town about 35 miles southeast of Boston.
According to District Attorney Tim Cruz, Clancy’s husband called 911 around 6 P.M. to report that she had jumped from a window in their house.
First responders located the three unconscious children with obvious signs of severe trauma.
The two older children were rushed to the hospital and declared dead.
The 7-month-old baby boy is still fighting for his life and remains in treatment at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Clancy is recovering in a Boston hospital but is in police custody.
The medical examiner will officially announce the cause of death for the two children in the coming days.
The possibility that Clancy was suffering from postpartum psychosis at the time of the attempted murder-suicide is being considered by investigators, according to sources.
The community, particularly the first responders who came across the horrific scene, have been left reeling by the tragedy.
The State Police Association of Massachusetts reminded its members that resources are available to cope with the case.
The children’s great-grandmother, Rita Musgrove, said nothing seemed out of the ordinary when she spoke to their mother last week.
“It is a pretty shocking thing, and it is heartbreaking,”
She said as she left flowers at a memorial outside the family’s home.
However, the kids’ aunt, Donna Jesse, added.
“They were just beautiful children. Well cared for – they were just beautiful, that is it. They had a beautiful life.”
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