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Massachusetts Mom Accused of Strangling Her 3 Kids with Exercise Band Faces New Hospital Drama, Lawyer Says

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Source: Lindsay Clancy via Facebook

May 2 2023, Published 1:30 p.m. ET

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The Massachusetts mother accused of killing her three children and trying to end her own life has been moved to a new hospital to extend her mental health care, according to authorities.

As Front Page Detectives previously reported, Lindsay Clancy, 32, has been accused of strangling her 5-year-old daughter Cora, 3-year-old son Dawson and 7-month-old son Callan in the basement of their home before cutting herself and jumping out of a second-floor window on Jan. 24.

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Her husband, Patrick Clancy, found her in the backyard before discovering the couple’s children in the basement, officials said. The older children were pronounced dead, but Callan was rushed to the hospital and was kept on life support before he was pronounced dead a few days later.

On Feb. 7, Lindsay pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges from her hospital bed. Her attorney, Kevin J. Reddington, said she was paralyzed from the waist down after jumping out the window.

On March 23, Clancy was transferred to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, but has since been sent to Tewksbury Hospital, the Boston Globe reported.

Tewksbury Hospital is run by the state Department of Mental Health and doctors indicated last week they were evaluating Clancy’s mental health and wanted more time to assess her, court records stated.

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The Boston Globe said a hearing was to be held in Lowell District Court at the mental health department’s request, but there are no details on whether or not that hearing took place. Clancy’s next court date at the Plymouth courthouse, where she is charged criminally, was delayed until July 25, suggesting the other hearing has been held.

Reddington previously said Clancy was suffering from postpartum depression or psychosis and was improperly prescribed multiple medications for anxiety mood disorder and psychosis and should be in a hospital, Front Page Detectives previously reported.

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The time Clancy spends at Tewksbury Hospital could yield significant evidence for the trial, Stephen J. Weymouth, a veteran Boston criminal defense lawyer who is not part of the Clancy case, told the Boston Globe. Reddington has signaled he may use an insanity defense for Clancy.

Weymouth said, “The doctors at the hospital could very well conclude that what was going on in her life after the birth of her last child — before this horrible incident happened — that the medication she was taking, how they might have worked in conjunction with each other, completely clouded her vision, her judgment, her ability to tell the difference between right and wrong.”

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