Two weeks ago, Patrick Clancy, a husband and father of three, came home after picking up dinner to find his wife lying on the ground outside their Duxbury, Massachusetts, home, bloody and broken. Unfortunately, worse news was to come — two children were dead in the home, and a third would die at a hospital a few days later.
Newly released 911 dispatch calls and a painstaking investigation now present a reasonably clear but disturbing picture of what happened.
Patrick’s wife, Lindsay Clancy, reportedly strangled her three children, “slit” herself with a knife and then jumped from the top floor of her home in an attempt to commit suicide.
The 911 call notes the assessment of a first responder: “A female party jumped off the top floor of the house … [there is] Impact injury, neck lacerations — she’s conscious at this time … It was over a 20-foot fall.”
The dispatcher later noted that the responder did not see a knife “or whatever she used to slit” herself and classified the case as a “suicidal situation.”
First responders encountered the children when they entered the home, prompting a call for additional ambulances, saying “two pediatrics” were in cardiac arrest. Later, first responders told the dispatcher there were four patients in total.
Lindsay Clancy was on leave from her job as a nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital. Seven months ago, she delivered a healthy son, Callan, and reportedly suffered from postpartum depression.
Clancy’s attorney, Kevin Reddington, has stated that Lindsay was “overmedicated on 12 prescription drugs.” He argues that the drugs were “turning her into a zombie” and compromised her judgment.
Lindsay is accused of killing her five-year-old daughter Cora, three-year-old son Dawson and seven-month-old son Callan, who died after receiving intensive care at a hospital for three days.
Lindsay has been hospitalized since the Jan. 24 murders and attempted suicide. She has not had contact with anyone other than her medical staff and attorneys. Her parents and husband have not visited, according to a report in the New York Post.
Medical staff report that Lindsay is bedridden but able to communicate. An attorney for the DA’s office reported: “She is not paralyzed. She can move her legs. She can move her arms. She has been writing and being able to verbally communicate.”
The Post reports that prosecutors will arraign Lindsay on multiple counts of murder, strangulation, assault, and battery with a dangerous weapon. The arraignment will be coordinated via Zoom by Plymouth District Court on Tuesday.
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