DUXBURY, Mass. (TUSEN) — A 32-year-old Massachusetts mother is expected to be charged with the murder of her two children and wounding her infant son, Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz said Wednesday.
Authorities arrived at a home in Duxbury on Tuesday evening after receiving reports that a woman had jumped from a window. They found her and the children unconscious with obvious signs of trauma. The mother, Lindsay Clancy, remains in hospital and will face murder charges upon release, Cruz said. It appears that the children were strangled, he added.
“This is an unimaginable, senseless tragedy and it’s an ongoing investigation,” Cruz said Tuesday at a news conference near the crime scene in Duxbury, a coastal town about 30 miles south of Boston.
Police and firefighters came to the home after receiving a call from a male resident reporting that the woman had jumped out of the window, Cruz said. A 5-year-old girl, Dora Clancy, and her 3-year-old brother, Dawson Clancy, were pronounced dead at a hospital, he said. A 7-month-old boy was flown to a hospital in Boston for treatment.
According to The Boston Globe, Lindsay Clancy is an obstetrician at Massachusetts General Hospital.
“We are shocked and saddened to learn of this unthinkable tragedy,” the hospital said in a statement from Michael Morrison, senior director of external communications. “We extend our deepest condolences to all affected by these devastating events.”
In Duxbury, Reverend Bill Ferguson of Pilgrim Church told Boston 25 television station that eight churches had opened their doors in the wake of the tragedy.
“It hits hard. When you’re a parent of a young child, even if you’re not, especially when kids are involved — There’s a special numbness that comes with that,” Ferguson said.