Massachusetts mother accused of killing two children and injuring one child

A Massachusetts woman faces charges in the deaths of her two young children and injuring her baby, authorities said Wednesday.

Police received a 911 call just after 6 p.m. ET Tuesday night from a man who said his wife had attempted suicide by jumping out of a window at their home in Duxbury, a small coastal town about 30 miles south of Boston. First responders rushed to the home and located the woman, identified as 32-year-old Lindsay Clancy, who treated them at the scene before taking her to a Boston hospital, according to Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz. Her condition was unknown.

First responders subsequently found three young children at the home who were “unconscious with obvious signs of severe trauma,” Cruz said. A 5-year-old girl, identified as Cora Clancy, and a 3-year-old boy, identified as Dawson Clancy, were both taken to a hospital in nearby Plymouth, where they were pronounced dead. According to Cruz, a 7-month-old boy, whose name was not released, was flown to a Boston hospital for treatment. The infant’s condition was unknown.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Massachusetts will determine the causes of death.

“For now, it looks like the children were strangled,” Cruz said during a news conference on Wednesday afternoon. “As soon as possible we will indict her on the two counts of murder resulting in the death of her children.”

Late Wednesday, the District Attorney announced via Twitter that an arrest warrant had been issued for Lindsay Clancy on two counts of manslaughter and three counts of strangulation and assault and assault with a deadly weapon in the deaths of Cora and Dawson Clancy. The mother is in police custody, according to Cruz.

The district attorney was asked by reporters during Wednesday’s news conference if Lindsay Clancy had any known mental health issues.

“I am not in a position to comment on mental health issues,” he replied. “However, I would say that everything is looked at.”

Cruz reiterated that the Duxbury Police Department and Massachusetts State Police investigations are “active and ongoing,” with investigators “working around the clock on this case.”

He praised “the professionalism and the work” of the first responders.

“I am sure that many of you will not forget what you saw last night,” he said.

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