Mother Posted About Postpartum Depression Before Killing Kids
A Massachusetts mom reportedly strangled her two young kids to death and attempted to kill her infant with the children’s tragic death coming amidst numerous social media posts regarding her struggles with postpartum depression.
Lindsay Clancy, 32, who jumped out of a window in a failed suicide attempt, had previously opened up about her battle with postpartum anxiety on Facebook, months before the shocking violence at her Duxbury home on Tuesday, according to the Boston Globe.
Mother Had Posted About Her Struggles With Postpartum Depression, Kills Two Of Her Three Kids
But in July, six weeks after the birth of her third child, the mom of three shared a post about how she felt “dialed in” again, and was focusing on exercise, nutrition, and her mindset — noting “it has made all the difference,” the outlet reported. As of Thursday, those posts were not publicly available on her Facebook page.
CBS Boston confirmed that authorities are investigating whether or not Clancy was suffering from postpartum psychosis.
“Her husband was working from home instead of going in to work to be able to try and support her daily while she went to a program 5 days a week for PPD. & in the 25 minutes it took him to pick up take out, the unthinkable happened”
Friend of Lindsay Clancy via @JohnDePetroshow pic.twitter.com/wtgymTbdsq
— Crime With Bobby (@bobbywellison) January 26, 2023
Clancy, a labor and delivery nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital, now stands accused to killing her daughter, Cora, 5, and son Dawson, 3, and attempting to kill her 8-month-old son.
As if Thursday, she remains hospitalized following her jump from a second-floor window at her home, which sits about 35 miles southeast of Boston. Authorities say the jump was an attempted suicide.
Massachusetts Mother Faces Two Counts OF Murder, Three Counts Of Strangulation
She faces two counts of murder, three counts of strangulation or suffocation, and three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Clancy’s husband, Patrick, had called 911 on Tuesday prompting EMS workers’ discovery of all three of their kids, who were “unconscious, with obvious signs of trauma,” officials said, per The Globe.
Cora and Dawson were both declared dead at a nearby hospital, while the infant was flown to Boston Children’s Hospital, where he remains hospitalized.
The Duxbury mother of two children will be charged with murder in the deaths of her two children, the DA says. Lindsay Clancy is a nurse at MGH. The DA says it appears she strangled her children – killing her 5-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son. https://t.co/o4nqFu6pg6 pic.twitter.com/SP7JmWP6id
— WCVB-TV Boston (@WCVB) January 25, 2023
“I cannot begin to fathom the pain, the depths of pain” the family must be feeling, said Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz.
Meanwhile, Mass General Hospital, where Clancy works, released the following statement:
In a statement, Mass General said: “We are shocked and saddened to learn of this unthinkable tragedy,” the hospital said in a statement. “We extend our deepest sympathies to all those affected by these devastating events.”
Arrest warrant issued for Duxbury mother Lindsay Clancy for two counts of homicide, three counts of strangulation & three counts of assault & battery w/ deadly weapon for deaths of 5 year-old Cora Clancy & 3 year-old Dawson Clancy, injuries to 7-month-old boy #Boston25 pic.twitter.com/hYoGgEOnak
— Drew Karedes (@DrewKaredes) January 26, 2023
Mother’s Idyllic Home Life Belies Postpartum Depression, As Investigation Remains Ongoing
Clancy and Patrick were married in 2016 in Southington, Connecticut, according to The Globe.
Online, Clancy appeared to be a doting mother, portraying a happy family of which she was “so unbelievably thankful for.”
“I feel like the luckiest mama in the whole wide world,” she wrote. In a later post she said: “So unbelievably thankful for this family and life.”
An investigation into the murders remain ongoing.
If you or someone you know is struggling with postpartum depression, call 1-833-943-5746.
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