DUXBURY, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Lindsay Clancy, the Duxbury mother charged on three counts of murder for allegedly strangling her three young children to death last month, is set to be arraigned on Tuesday.
Clancy will be arraigned in Plymouth District Court via Zoom from her hospital bed on charges of murder, strangulation, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for the deaths of her 5-year-old daughter Cora, her 3-year-old son Dawson, and her 7-month-old infant son Callan.
Police were called to the Clancy house on Tuesday, Jan. 24 when Lindsay's husband, Patrick Clancy, found his wife outside the home after she jumped out of a second story window in an apparent suicide attempt. First responders on the scene discovered the three children inside the home unconscious with signs of trauma.
Cora and Dawson were pronounced dead at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth that night. Callan died Friday, Jan. 27 at Boston Children's Hospital.
Clancy remains hospitalized for her injuries. She is represented by attorney Kevin J. Reddington, who asserted in a court hearing Friday that Lindsay was overmedicated and was taking as many as a dozen different prescription medications at the time of the incident. Reddington also said that Patrick Clancy had left the house for only 20 minutes to pick up dinner and medications, and was never told that Lindsay should not be left alone with the children.
"What these people went through since October is just hellish," said Reddington during an appearance on WBZ's Nightside with Dan Rea Friday night. "The medications that were prescribed to her—SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, the most common type of antidepressant), she was on Seroquel, she was on Sertraline, she was on Benzodiazepine. And these drugs, over the course of that short period of time, just as her husband Pat so eloquently mentioned, turned her into a zombie. That’s what he said to her doctor."
Reddington told Nightside listeners that Lindsay should not be held responsible for the deaths, pointing to possible postpartum depression or psychosis. He also described Lindsay as "an incredible mother" who cared deeply for her children.
"I have had so many people reach out to me that were nurses that worked with her at [Mass General Hospital], constantly referring to the fact that all she would do is talk about her kids," Reddington said.
At Friday's court hearing, Reddington successfully argued for his client to receive a psychological evaluation in her hospital room. That same day, a funeral was held for the three children at St. Mary of the Nativity in Scituate.
WBZ's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports.