Lindsay Clancy said she heard a man’s voice telling her to kill her kids because “it was her last chance” during a phone call with her husband and her defense-appointed psychologist, prosecutors said during Tuesday’s arraignment.
Clancy, a 32-year-old nurse, allegedly used exercise ropes to strangle and ultimately kill her three children – Cora, 5, Dawson, 3, and Callan, 7 months – before she cut her own wrists and neck and jumped from the bedroom window of her Duxbury, Massachusetts home on Jan. 24.
She appeared in Plymouth County District Court from her hospital bed via Zoom, wearing a neck brace and facemask, as her lawyer, Kevin Reddington, revealed that she’s paralyzed from the waist down.
After her husband, Patrick, found her in their backyard following her suicide attempt, he asked her where the kids are, and she replied, “In the basement,” Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Sprague said.
He ran to the basement, “called out, ‘Guys?’ and then can be heard (on the 911 call) screaming in agony and shock as he found his children,” Sprague said.
“Each child still had the exercise band used to strangle them tied around their necks … He removed the bands and begged them to breathe.”
Patrick Clancy had been gone less than 30 minutes to run a couple errands for his wife that evening, and he came home to a strange silence.
Prosecutors presented evidence of Google searches to portray Lindsay Clancy’s actions as premeditated murder and argued she purposely sent her husband out of the house and timed how long she had.
“The defendant did not take advantage of the situation when her husband left the home that night, she created it,” Sprague said.
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