When a Mother is Accused of Killing Her Kids: People in Duxbury and elsewhere are still perplexed by Lindsay Clancy’s apparent suicide attempt after she killed two of her children and attempted to kill a third before jumping out the window of their house. Clancy, a 32-year-old labor and delivery nurse, is still at large. It is incomprehensible how a lady whose hands were used to care for newborns tenderly could use those same hands to strangle her kids.
Some experts had hypothesized that Clancy may have had postpartum psychosis when she killed her 5-year-old daughter, Cora, and her 3-year-old son, Dawson, based on an external review of the evidence made public. Her 7-month-old kid receives treatment at Boston Children’s Hospital after surviving what the authorities claim was an attempt to strangle him.
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Clancy wrote about having postpartum anxiety on her Facebook page in July. Timothy J. Cruz, the district attorney for Plymouth, expressed sympathy and said he couldn’t even “begin to understand the agony, the depths of pain” the Clancy family is going through.
Cruz nevertheless accused Clancy of two charges of murder despite this. The process to decide whether Clancy was mentally ill when she killed her children and whether it counts as a mitigating factor will be settled during a court process that is likely to take several years if a more recent Plymouth County case involving a mother who killed her children is any indication.
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Just a month after his office obtained a murder conviction against an impoverished Black woman from Brockton who killed her two sons in 2018, Cruz would have been vulnerable to accusations that he was giving preferential treatment to a middle-class, professional white woman from an affluent town if he hadn’t charged Clancy with murder. After a protracted, four-year court process, that conviction was reached.