This week, court documents revealed nearly 40 letters from family and friends supporting Lindsay Clancy. Lindsay Clancy is the Duxbury mother who is accused of killing her three children. Her lawyer claims that Lindsay was overmedicated for postpartum Depression.
Lindsay Clancy is accused of tying exercise rope around each of her three children’s necks for several minutes, then cutting herself and jumping out a window while her husband was running a pair of errands she’d arranged — all after seeing how long he would be out of the home. She is currently in hospital, and she will be back in court on May 2.
Lindsay Clancy’s lawyer received letters that paint a different picture than the one presented by prosecutors. They stated that Lindsay Clancy “lived to become a mother” and were a valuable resource for her friends on parenting and motherhood. They also talked about her dedication to her job at Massachusetts General Hospital as a labor-and delivery nurse.
Grace McNulty, a nurse and longtime colleague, wrote in an email that Lindsay is “a compassionate, supportive & excellent nurse. There wasn’t anything she loved more than her children Cora, Dawson, Callan & her husband Patrick. She is a proud woman and I am proud to be there for her.”
Stacey Kabat met Lindsay as a student nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital. She says that Lindsay’s tragic events on Jan. 24 caused her “heartbreak” and others in the MassGeneral Brigham families to grieve. Lindsay, she said, is a strong, compassionate, and loving nurse who can never be hurt.
Kabat was a maternal-child health nurse and was shocked to see the number of medications Lindsay was taking.
“It is heartbreaking that this young lady, her husband, and their children were denied the necessary medical care they needed. We know that Lindsay would have received the proper treatment and their family would still be together. They will be in unbearable pain for the rest their lives, so she doesn’t deserve any more punishment.”
Lindsay Clancy appeared virtually in court after being accused of killing her three young children at their Duxbury house.
Brittany Barbaro was a friend of Lindsay’s from sixth grade. She said that she was a “go to resource” for her friends who were moms and often sought her advice on childbirth, parenting, and pregnancy. It is an understatement for her to declare that babies and motherhood are her passion.
Barbaro said that they had been playing in the yard together on a recent visit. She talked about how she and her son had just shared breakfast, and how he was so happy. She proudly held Cal, and talked about all the wonderful things in her life. “All the kids were happy and healthy. Lindsay’s character is best demonstrated by her special, sweet children.
Michelle DaConto, another lifelong friend, called Lindsay “one my smartest friends” and said she has often looked up to Lindsay for guidance, particularly when it comes time to get pregnant.
When Lindsay became pregnant, we were all so thrilled. She was the first person in our group to have a child and we couldn’t be more happy. She was always looking for a large family and joked about wanting 10 kids. Her love and compassion for her children was evident.
Amy Bevins is a Lindsay friend who has been around for 25 years. She said that she and Lindsay “navigated pregnancy and then motherhood together,” since Lindsay’s son Dawson was born six days apart.
Lindsay provided me with the support, encouragement and compassion I needed during the nerve-wracking experience that was my life. Lindsay, she said, was “there for me every step along the way”, patiently answering any question she had and cheering with her as she reached each pregnancy milestone.
Mary Pomerleau, Lindsay’s colleague and nurse, wrote that her heart broke for her family. As we’ve seen, mental health is one of the most under-understood medical conditions. It can have devastating consequences.
Pomerleau said, “We are all shocked to hear of the tragedy and shocked that she would hurt her children who she loved so much.” This is not her nature and we are sorry she will have to deal with it.”
Erika Sevieri also a nurse said, “I don’t know of a better mother than Lindsay Clancy.” “She lived and breathed to care for her children.”
Kendra Keefe, who was a long-time nurse alongside Lindsay, said that Lindsay “lived to be a mom.” “She was proud to have raised her beautiful children, and it could not have been more obvious.”
Susan Davidson was a former Lindsay’s nurse co-worker. She called her “a kind person” and said she “put her gentle heart, and compassion into all that she did.”
Davidson said that her husband and she worked hard to obtain help, and they persevered through many hardships.” “How could prison be the solution for this family?” Davidson said. They have already suffered so much.”
Davidson also said that she had postpartum depression. Every one of us could’ve been.
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Lindsay Clancy’s email to her surgeon was also released in court documents. It provided further insight into her injuries after she jumped from her window following the strangulation of her three children.
Dr. NakulRaykar explained that several spine fractures were caused by the 20-foot drop, and required surgery.
“Unfortunately, she will not be able to recover any meaningful function below the level of her spinal cord. This would render her paraplegic.” He also said that she had suffered cervical spine fractures and rib fractures. She will need to wear a collar around the neck.
Lindsay is “nearing ready to leave hospital,” the surgeon stated, but Lindsay will still need “continued, extensive rehabilitation needs with respect to spinal chord injury.” Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital was recommended by the surgeon as her next step in her rehabilitation.
Kevin Reddington, Clancy’s lawyer, stated that his client was suffering from postpartum anxiety and depression after being prescribed 12 medications in just four months. He claimed she checked into a psychiatric facility three weeks prior.
He said this week in court, “This is truly a tragedy, that case.”
Reddington indicated that Reddington could offer a defense for insanity as well as involuntary impairment when the trial gets under way.
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