DUXBURY, Mass. — The husband of Lindsay Clancy, a Duxbury mother charged in the deaths of her children, is asking people to forgive her.
“I want to ask all of you that you find it deep within yourselves to forgive Lindsay, as I have. The real Lindsay was generously loving and caring towards everyone – me, our kids, family, friends, and her patients,” Patrick Clancy said in a written statement that was posted Saturday to a GoFundMe page that is taking donations for the family. “The very fibers of her soul are loving. All I wish for her now is that she can somehow find peace.”
Lindsay Clancy, 32 years old, was charged with two counts murder, three counts strangulation or asphyxiation and three counts assault and battery with dangerous weapons. Emergency crews responding to a 911 call found her three young children unconscious and suffering from trauma in the family’s home on Tuesday night.
The couple’s two oldest children, Cora Clancy (5 years old) and Dawson Clancy (3 years old), were found at their home and were soon taken to a hospital. The district attorney’s office announced Friday that the couple’s third child, 8-month-old Callan Clancy, has also died.
Lindsay Clancy is being held by police in custody at a Boston Hospital. She shared with him loving memories of her family and her three children in Saturday’s statement.
“My family was the best thing that ever happened to me,” Patrick Clancy said in the statement. “I took so much pride in being Lindsay’s husband and a dad to Cora, Dawson, and Callan. I always reminded myself that each day with them was a new gift.”
“Callan usually woke up first and would rest his head on my shoulder for a few minutes as he adjusted to morning,” Patrick Clancy said. “Dawson typically sang or spoke his thoughts out loud for a while before we’d go get him. Cora was a large girl who would walk down stairs. I can still vividly picture her coming into the living room each morning with her hair in a mess, smile on her face.”
The family “always started our days together, reading books, cuddling up on the couch, and playing with magnet tiles. I loved going with them everywhere, including to Chandler Elementary, on vacation, on skis, and to Duxbury Beach, which is one of my favorite places on Earth. They gave me purpose, and I didn’t take it for granted. There is now a massive void where that purpose once was,” Patrick Clancy said.
Police responded to 47 Summer St. around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday after Patrick Clancy arrived home and called 911 to report his wife’s attempted suicide. Tim Cruz, Plymouth County District attorney, said Lindsay Clancy had jumped through a second story window.
Patrick Clancy spoke out about his children on Saturday and how they brightened his day.
His eldest, 5-year-old Cora, “had an infectious laugh and was stunningly beautiful. She was always cautious but she was really so caring. She used to say she wanted to be a doctor and a mama when she grew up and she would practice by giving Callan check ups,” Patrick Clancy said.
His middle child, 3-year-old Dawson, “had beautiful, bold, brown eyes that beamed with friendship. He was a natural comedian and generous toddler. He would always share his toys with others. For all the love he received, he always gave back more,” Patrick Clancy said.
And the baby, 8-month-old Callan, “was our easy going child. It was because he was our third child, I said. He had to adapt quickly and it worked. He was a calm, easy-going baby and was our best sleeper. He was just an incredibly happy and vibrant baby, constantly smiling,” Patrick Clancy said.
“Callan died with enormous courage despite being so little. It was perhaps his way of showing me how to move forward. I’ll always try to draw inspiration from him,” Patrick Clancy said. “He’ll always be my little hero.”
Patrick Clancy also shared personal details about his wife and their relationship, including how it was “love at first sight” when they first met.
“I want to share some thoughts about Lindsay. She’s recently been portrayed largely by people who have never met her and never knew who the real Lindsay was,” Patrick Clancy said. “Our marriage was wonderful and diametrically grew stronger as her condition rapidly worsened. As proud as I was to be her husband, I felt incredibly lucky to have her in our lives. I can still recall the moment I saw her, and how overwhelmed I was by the love at first sight that you only see in movies. It really didn’t take long before I was certain I wanted to marry her.”
“We said “I love you” to each other multiple times daily, as if it were a reflex. We habitually started every morning with a passionate hug, yielding a sigh of relief like we had each received the perfect medicine,” Patrick Clancy said. “If too much time passed with out a hug, she’d look at me and ask, “did you forget?” We mutually understood the reality that people can have bad days, but we stuck to the rule that when one of us got lost, the other was always there to bring them home, always. Although she loved her job as a nurse, nothing could compare to her passion for being a mother and her love for her children. She was fulfilled. Her passion taught me how to be a better father.”
He also thanked Duxbury community, first responders and religious leaders, as well as healthcare workers, for their support of his family over the past few days.
“I promise I’ll put all my energy into healing and rediscovering my purpose,” Patrick Clancy said. “I owe that to all of you, Duxbury fire and police, our compassionate healthcare workers, our local faith leaders, the Microsoft community, and especially Cora, Dawson, and Callan. I don’t know how or when I’ll be able to do it, but your love and generosity will help me get started. I know that love always wins.”
“Thank you all for your love and support,” Patrick Clancy said. ”The warmth I’ve received from the community is palpable and your generosity gives me hope that I can focus on some sort of healing. I’ve seen all of your messages and contributions, including some from people I haven’t seen in over a decade and many I’ve never met. I see and appreciate everyone of you.”
While an autopsy will determine the exact cause and manner of their deaths, Cruz, the district attorney, said earlier this week that “Preliminarily, it appears the children were strangled.”
Lindsay Clancy, an employee at Massachusetts General Hospital, has been confirmed. The hospital released a statement on Wednesday that said: “We are shocked and saddened to learn of this unthinkable tragedy. We extend our deepest sympathies to all those affected by these devastating events.”
Cruz called the incident “an unimaginable senseless tragedy” and noted that it didn’t happen randomly. He also acknowledged the assistance crews who saw the horrific scene first when they arrived at the house.
“I’m sure many of them will not forget what they saw last evening,” Cruz said Wednesday.
Hundreds attended Thursday night’s emotional candlelight vigil in Duxbury at the Holy Family Church addressing mental health.
Lindsay Clancy is scheduled to be arraigned upon her release from the hospital.
State troopers assigned to Cruz’s office are assisting Duxbury police with the murder investigation.
This is still a developing story. Keep checking back for more updates as they become available.
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