Judge Allows Forensic Psychiatrist To Evaluate Mom Accused Of Strangling Her 3 Children

 February 4, 2023

Lindsay Clancy, a Massachusetts mom, remains hospitalized as she faces charges in the strangulation deaths of her children. Last month, Clancy's attorney told Fox News Digital, that a Massachusetts judge will allow a forensic psychiatrist to evaluate his client. A defense lawyer representing Clancy, Kevin Reddington, sent Fox News Digital a text after Friday afternoon's emergency court appearance that the judge granted his motion.

Following a Boston Globe report, where Reddington said Clancy had been overmedicated, the court update detailed, that he told the news outlet that he had hired a toxicologist, to review the strength of the dosages, the number of doses prescribed, and how the medications interacted with each other. Reddington told the Boston Globe-

"One of the major issues here is the horrific overmedication of drugs that caused homicidal ideation, suicidal ideation,"… "They [Lindsay and her husband Patrick] went to doctors repeatedly saying, ‘Please help us.’ This was turning her into a zombie... the medications that were prescribed were over the top, absolutely over the top." Adding… Clancy still can't get out of bed or walk” and "They went through hell, and they didn’t come back."

-Kevin Reddington. Clancy Defense Attorney

Accused of strangling her three young children, 5-year-old Cora, 3-year-old Dawson and 7-month-old Callan, who all died, Clancy remains hospitalized. On Tuesday, she is scheduled to appear virtually for her arraignment in Plymouth District Court, while she will remain hospitalized. Reportedly, her defense attorney, will appear in person, a spokesperson for the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office said.

A former labor and delivery nurse, the Duxbury mother of three, is recovering from an alleged attempt to take her own life. She faces at least eight criminal counts, two for murder, three for assault and battery with a deadly weapon and three more for strangulation.

On Jan. 24, her husband, Patrick, called police around 6:10 p.m., after Lindsay jumped from the window of the family’s Summer Street home in Duxbury, according to Plymouth County District Attorney, Timothy Cruz. Finding the three children inside the home, first responders said they were "unconscious with obvious signs of trauma."  Dawson and Cora were pronounced dead and Callan, the youngest of the three children, was rushed to a local hospital but ultimately died days later.

On Saturday, Patrick issued a statement via a GoFundMe page, created to support him. He not only wrote about how his family "was the best thing that ever happened" to him, but also shared kind words about each of his children, saying-

"I took so much pride in being Lindsay’s husband and a dad to Cora, Dawson, and Callan. I always reminded myself that each day with them was a new gift," … "They gave me purpose, and I never took it for granted. There is now a massive void where that purpose once was."

-Patrick Clancy, Lindsay’s Husband and Father of His Three Slain Children

Further describing how his marriage with Lindsay was, he described it as-

 "wonderful and diametrically grew stronger as her condition rapidly worsened." He added…"I took as much pride in being her husband as I did in being a father and felt persistently lucky to have her in my life,"… "We mutually understood the reality that people can have bad days, but we stuck to the rule that when one of us got lost, the other was always there to bring them home, always. She loved being a nurse, but nothing matched her intense love for our kids and dedication to being a mother. It was all she ever wanted."

-Patrick Clancy, Lindsay’s Husband and Father of His Three Slain Children

Patrick asked the public to forgive Lindsay, as he had, he wrote-

"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."

-Patrick Clancy, Lindsay’s Husband and Father of His Three Slain Children

Appearing to have a picture-perfect life on social media, Lindsay frequently shared photographs of her smiling family. Clancy captioned a photo illustration shared in November 2020 said-

"So unbelievably thankful for this family and life," …"I feel like the luckiest mama in the whole wide world,"

-Lindsay Clancy

According to the Boston Globe reportedly, on Lindsay’s Facebook page, as of Monday, in other posts, not publicly available, she described her battle with postpartum anxiety and her efforts to overcome her mental struggle. The question remains – was this postpartum depression or post -partum psychosis? Time will tell.

Either way the tragedy, faced by this family is indescribable. The fact that Clancy struggled with post-partum depression and was medicated during this horrific event, quite possibly incapacitating her from living in reality, in the moment, bears examination. Apparently, the judge agreed.

That she likely, even on drugs, strangled her three children, does not make the horror of the circumstance any easier to bear. This family will never be the same. America grieves with this family, in their community and for these parents whose posterity is gone, quite possibly at the hands of the woman who bore them. May God grant them peace in their agony.

“For some moments in life there are no words.”

-David Seltzer
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