DUXBURY, Mass. — Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a Duxbury mother in connection with the deaths of her two young children who were found unconscious in their home Tuesday night.
Lindsay Clancy, 32, will be charged with 2 counts of homicide, 3 counts of strangulation each and battery with a deadly weapon, in the deaths of Cora Clancy, 5, and Dawson Clancy, 3, said Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz on Wednesday evening.
Lindsay Clancy, the mother of these children has been in custody in a Boston hospital since Wednesday evening, said Cruz.
A 7-month-old baby survived and was airlifted to Boston Children’s Hospital. His condition was not known Wednesday evening.
Lindsay Clancy was also taken to a Boston hospital. His condition is also unknown.
“As soon as possible, we will charge him with both counts of murder in the deaths of his children,” Cruz said.
Police responded to 47 Summer St. at around 6.15pm after a man, later identified as Lindsay Clancy’s husband, who arrived at the home called 911 to report a woman’s attempted suicide. Cruz said Lindsay Clancy jumped out of a second story window.
When first responders arrived, they “then located three children under the age of 5 in the house, unconscious with obvious signs of severe trauma,” Cruz said.
Cora, the 5-year-old girl, and Dawson, the 3-year-old boy, were taken to a local hospital, where they were pronounced dead.
While an autopsy will determine the exact cause and circumstances of their deaths, Cruz said “preliminarily it appears the children were strangled.”
People left flowers at the end of the driveway of the Summer Street house all day.
“Shocked. Very shocked,” said neighbor Tom McGrath.
Several local congregations have opened their doors to offer faith and support to those in need following this tragedy on the South Shore.
“It’s almost something you can’t understand. I have children who are the same age. It hits home,” said Pastor Jeremy Stanford.
Massachusetts General Hospital has confirmed that Lindsay Clancy is an employee there. The hospital issued a statement on Wednesday saying, “We are shocked and saddened to learn of this unthinkable tragedy. We send our deepest condolences to everyone affected by these devastating events.”
Cruz called the incident an “unimaginable and senseless tragedy” and noted that it did not happen by chance.
He also acknowledged the emergency crews who first witnessed the tragic scene when they responded to the home.
“I’m sure a lot of them won’t forget what they saw last night,” Cruz said.
Duxbury Fire Chief Rob Reardon said first responders are being offered extra support during this difficult time.
“Tragedies like these are always difficult to understand and deal with. We can be left struggling with many emotions. Please know that all public safety personnel have been offered and will continue to be offered the necessary support,” Reardon said.
“To everyone who answered: we care about you. If you are a colleague who needs support, please reach out,” Reardon said.
Duxbury City Manager Rene Read said first responders receive support from peer support groups within the law enforcement community.
“In these seemingly impossible times, our support for them is absolutely essential, and we are committed to ensuring their well-being,” Read said, fighting back tears.
The outpouring of support from the Duxbury community “has been tremendous”, Read said.
“It was remarkable. The churches have all reopened. People just want to do something,” Read said. “It’s hard.”
The Reverend Bill Ferguson of the Pilgrim Church of Duxbury told Boston 25 that eight churches on their interfaith council had opened to make sure people had a place to go.
“It hits hard. If you’re the parent of a young child, even if you’re not, when kids are involved especially — There’s a particular numbness that comes with that,” Ferguson said. .
Ferguson explained that some of his parishioners are first responders and there is a lot of concern for them – after what they saw in the Summer Street house.
“We overlook first responders and the effects these tragedies have on them when they first encounter them. I know the department put them on mental health leave for them to ask for help,” Ferguson said.
State troopers assigned to Cruz’s office assist Duxbury Police with the investigation.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.
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