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Mother accused of strangling 2 children and attempting to kill a third in Massachusetts


A mother strangled two of her children and attempted to kill a third before jumping out a window in a failed suicide bid at at their suburban Boston home, officials said Wednesday.

Police received a 911 call at 6:11 p.m. ET Tuesday from the husband of 32-year-old Lindsay Clancy, Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz said.

First responders found three children in the home in Duxbury, about 35 miles southeast of Boston. They were unconscious and “with obvious signs of severe trauma,” Cruz said.

“Preliminarily it appears that the children were strangled,” Cruz told reporters late Wednesday afternoon.

Two children are dead and their mother and an infant are hospitalized following the mother’s attempted suicide at the family’s home in Duxbury, Mass., on Tuesday.NBC Boston

The prosecutor said “as soon able, we will be arraigning her on two charges of murder in the deaths of her children.”

A 5-year-old girl, Cora, and a 3-year-old boy, Dawson, were pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital, according to Cruz.

A 7-month-old infant was flown to a Boston hospital, and he and the children’s mother remain hospitalized, according to Cruz.

The conditions of the baby and the mother were not immediately known, Cruz said Wednesday.

Two children are dead and their mother and an infant are hospitalized following the mother's attempted suicide at the family's home in Duxbury, Mass., on Tuesday.
Two children are dead and their mother and an infant are hospitalized following the mother’s attempted suicide at the family’s home in Duxbury, Mass., on Tuesday.NBC Boston

“This is an unimaginable, senseless tragedy,” he said.

Police officers who responded to the scene were taken off duty in the aftermath, “but they are OK,” Duxbury Police Chief Michael Carbone told reporters Tuesday night.

Duxbury’s fire department said in a tweet that resources from six towns were used to respond to the incident.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, text HOME to 741741 or visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional resources.





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