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Mother pleads not guilty in murder of her three children

By Christopher Kirkman
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February 11, 2023

A Massachusetts mother has pleaded not guilty to murdering her three children during a court appearance held via video from her Boston hospital bed.

Lindsay Clancy, 32, is charged with three counts of murder for strangling her three kids before she jumped out of the window of her home in a suicide attempt after cutting her wrists with a knife.

Battling serious depression

The woman's attorneys claim she was suffering post-partum depression and psychosis caused by a combination of prescription drugs that changed her personality.

"She is not OK, at all. She suffered several, severe spine fractions. She is not expected to recover meaningful function below that level of the spinal cord," her lawyer stated.

"She's paraplegic, unable to move her legs or feel sensation. She is paralyzed," the lawyer added. "She needs significant medical treatment."

The lives lost

"On January 24, medics were called to the family’s Duxbury residence off Summer Street after the defendant’s husband, Patrick, arrived home and found the children unconscious," Crime Online detailed.

"The two oldest kids, identified as 5-year-old Cora Clancy and 3-year-old Dawson Clancy, were later declared deceased at a hospital," it added.

A day later, the couple’s 8-month-old Callan Clancy also died from the injuries at the hands of her own mother.

What about the medications?

Many Americans are divided over the role Clancy's medications played in the sinister acts.

Lindsay Clancy had been prescribed 13 psychiatric medications, including an assortment of benzodiazepines, antidepressants, mood stabilizers and Ambien.

Some believe that the drug companies or the medical professionals who prescribed the drugs should also face scrutiny for the crime.

"The Plymouth County district attorney, Tim Cruz, is prosecuting Ms. Clancy on charges of first-degree murder, which carries the state’s maximum penalty, life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, as well as three counts of strangulation and three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon," the New York Times reported.

Clancy's case is sure to attract attention for some time due to the violent nature of the deaths involving her three children. The courts will now need to determine the next steps and best legal action regarding her future.