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A Massachusetts mother accused of killing her children last month is scheduled to face charges on Tuesday, and will be “arraigned virtually from her hospital bed,” ABC 5 reports.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Lindsay Clancy, 32, is facing two counts of murder, three counts of strangulation or suffocation, and three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, in connection with the deaths of her three young children.
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. The two oldest kids, 5-year-old Cora Clancy and 3-year-old Dawson Clancy, were later declared deceased at a hospital.
A day later, the couple’s third and youngest child, 8-month-old Callan Clancy, also died. The defendant jumped out of a second-story window in a reported attempted suicide after the attack but survived.
Clancy remains hospitalized and according to her lawyer, Kevin J. Reddington, she’s unable to walk. Reddington also said she was taking a plethora of prescription drugs and was “heavily overmedicated” at the time of the incident.
“She can’t get out of bed. She can’t walk. I don’t know what the medical prognosis is regarding that, but right now she cannot walk” he said. “She’s not in good physical shape. She’s not in good emotional shape.”
He plans to argue that she shouldn’t be charged criminally and wants a forensic psychologist to determine if she was undergoing a post-partum mood disorder.
“This continued even up until the week before when her husband went to the doctor and asked her for help and said, ‘Please, you’re turning her into a zombie,’” Reddington said of Clancy’s medication use.
According to The Boston Globe, the defendant had been taking the following prescribed medications, in part, when the killings occurred:
“It’s overmedication, absolutely overmedication — possibly with a component of post-partum depression,” Clancy said last week.
Meanwhile, investigators are exploring whether Lindsay Clancy was dealing with postpartum psychosis at the time of the slayings, WBZ-TV reports. She reportedly worked as a nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital at the time of the incident but was on leave.
Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz obtained warrants last month for Clancy’s arrest.
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[Feature Photo: Lindsay and Callan Clancy/Facebook]