Lindsay Clancy’s friends don’t want her punished for death
In dozens of letters filed by her defense attorney, awards are rolling in for the Massachusetts mother accused of strangling her three young children before a failed suicide attempt last month.
“I know of no better mother than Lindsay Clancy,” wrote Nurse Erika Sevieri, a former staffer at Massachusetts General Hospital, in a letter presented to the Plymouth County District Court. “She lived and breathed for her children.”
The letters were not publicly available through the court at the time of publication on Tuesday. But the letters were received from The Patriot Ledger and sent to Clancy’s defense attorney by people around the world who knew the mother well.
Clancy, 32, pleaded not guilty to her charges from her hospital bed last week. She faces murder charges in the deaths of two of her children, Cora Clancy, 5, and Dawson Clancy, 3. She is also accused of killing her 7-month-old son, Callan Clancy, although no charges have been filed in the child’s death. She faces additional charges including strangulation and assault and battery with a deadly weapon.
They were killed January 24 at their home in Duxbury, Massachusetts, a suburb about 35 miles southeast of Boston. Each child was strangled in the basement with exercise ropes tied around their necks, prosecutors said.
In court, Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Sprague painted a picture of a cold, calculated murder-suicide attempt. Prosecutors said she sent her husband on a lengthy errand so she would know exactly how much time she would have to kill her children and then herself – first with a few snips from the glass of a broken mirror, then through a jump out of the second-story bedroom window.
Defense attorney Kevin Reddington said she could not be held responsible for the slaughter of her children in the basement of her home.
“I am heartbroken that this beautiful young woman, her loving husband and their precious children have been devastated because they did not receive the necessary medical care they deserved. Please note that this family would still be together if our Lindsay had received proper treatment,” wrote another fellow nurse, Stacey Kabat. “Please know that she deserves no further punishment as she will suffer unbearable grief for the rest of her life.”
According to West Hartford, Connecticut, nearly 40 such letters were filed by Clancy’s defense attorney NBC affiliate WVIT.
According to Ledger, only two of the 39 letters presented to the court did not directly support the defendant. A letter is reportedly asking whether the guarantee will be made public. Another suggests that Clancy’s husband should be considered a suspect in the murders.
The letters at the mother’s side refer to the numerous prescription drugs she was prescribed in the months leading up to her children’s deaths.
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“Our society fails miserably when it comes to treating women with postpartum depression or even postpartum psychosis,” Reddington said last week. “It’s treat, treat, treat. Throw the pills at you and then see how it works. If it doesn’t work, increase the dose – or decrease the dose – and end up trying a different combination of drugs.”
Clancy had thoughts of suicide, Sprague said last week, but these have disappeared after a recent stay in a psychiatric facility.
She never took more than four or five drugs at a time, the prosecutor said. She was allegedly taking three medications on the day of the murders.
“Her husband asked her in mid-January, ‘Are you still having suicidal thoughts?’ and she said, “No,” said the prosecutor. “Nobody described her as acting like a zombie on the day of the murder or in the days leading up to the murders.”
But Clancy’s friends and co-workers insist her postpartum depression and treatment should be to blame.
“I could have been Lindsay,” Sister Susan Davison wrote in another letter. “It could have been any of us. She and her husband worked so hard to get help and endured so much. How could prison be the answer for this family? You have already lost so much.”
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