DUXBURY, Massachusetts – A grand jury has indicted a 32-year-old nurse from Duxbury, Massachusetts, on murder charges for the deaths of her three young children. Lindsay Clancy allegedly used exercise ropes to strangle and kill her children after hearing a voice telling her to do it. She then attempted suicide. The grand jury indicted Clancy on three counts of murder and three counts of strangulation for each child. Clancy’s lawyer has not yet commented on the indictment.
According to court documents, Clancy’s husband had expressed concerns about her mental health just days before the tragic incident. He confided in a family friend about her struggles and withdrawal from anxiety medication. However, during a dinner date with friends two days before the incident, Clancy appeared “fairly normal” and kept to herself.
Prosecutors argue that Clancy’s actions were premeditated, presenting evidence of Google searches and claiming that she purposely sent her husband out of the house. They allege that she planned the assault on her children. Clancy’s husband found her in the backyard after she attempted suicide by jumping out of a window. When he asked about the children, she told him they were in the basement.
The incident has deeply affected the suburban seaside community of Duxbury, as well as the first responders who discovered the children and tended to Lindsay. Clancy’s husband, Patrick, has rarely made public comments, but he wrote on a GoFundMe page that he forgives his wife and hopes she can find peace.
The tragic case has raised questions about the mental health care system and its failure to adequately treat postpartum depression and psychosis. Lindsay Clancy’s lawyer has described it as an example of a flawed system.
The trial will proceed as Clancy faces the charges of murder and strangulation for the deaths of her three children. The community continues to grapple with the devastating loss, seeking answers and healing in the aftermath of this heartbreaking event.