Mother accused of killing her children built a snowman with them on morning of death: prosecutors
A 32-year-old Massachusetts woman accused of strangling her three young children to death last month planned the murders, prosecutors argued on Tuesday, revealing new details about the alleged actions of the woman, Lindsay Clancy, on the day of the incident.
Prosecutors, trying to prove Clancy was not mentally compromised on January 24, the day of the deaths, described in court a day that suggested nothing out of the ordinary. She took a child to the pediatrician and built a snowman with her kids in their backyard, they said.
Later that afternoon, according to prosecutors, Clancy, who appeared in court on Tuesday via Zoom from his hospital bed, searched Apple Maps for the time it would take to get to and from a restaurant in an adjacent town. She then called the restaurant to place a pick-up order before asking her husband, Patrick, to drive to pick up the meal, prosecutors said.
The restaurant, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, was farther from the Duxbury family home than where they normally ordered takeout, said Plymouth County Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Sprague, who added that Clancy looked mentally intact when ordering.
“The hostess who took the call said there was nothing out of the ordinary about this call. Her voice was not garbled or altered in any way,” Sprague said Tuesday.
Shortly after her husband left, Clancy texted him asking him to buy some medicine at CVS on the way to the restaurant. While there, he called Clancy to clarify what medication to get – a phone call Patrick Clancy told prosecutors was “completely normal”, although he noted his wife “appeared to be in the middle of something”.
Patrick Clancy described to prosecutors his wife’s ride home on the floor in the backyard, with cuts to her wrist and neck. The window of their bedroom on the second floor was open. She was conscious, prosecutors said.
When Patrick asked where the kids were, Lindsay replied, “In the basement,” according to Sprague.
There Patrick found his three children with exercise bands still wrapped around each of their necks.
On Monday, Sprague said, Lindsay Clancy called her husband from his hospital bed and told him she had killed their children “because she heard a voice and had ‘a moment of psychosis,'” although Patrick told prosecutors his wife never mentioned hearing voices.
“She planned these murders. She gave herself the time and privacy she needed to carry out the murders, and then she strangled each child where they should have felt safest – at the house with his mother,” Sprague said.
Clancy’s defense attorney Kevin Reddington argued that the murders “were in no way planned” and were the product of mental illness. He added that Clancy had previously mentioned having suicidal thoughts and checked into a mental health facility for five days in early January.
On Tuesday, a judge ordered Clancy to remain hospitalized until he is medically cleared to move to a rehabilitation center. A probable cause hearing was scheduled for May 2.
On the day of the incident, police received a 911 call just after 6 p.m. ET from a man who said his wife had attempted suicide by jumping out of the window of their home.
First responders rushed to the house and located Lindsay Clancy, treating her at the scene before transporting her to a Boston hospital, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz said last month.
First responders then found three young children, a 5-year-old girl, a 3-year-old boy and a 7-month-old boy, inside the home “unconscious with obvious signs of severe trauma,” Cruz said.