Duxbury’s mother, Lindsay Clancy, will be charged with homicide after the death of 2 children

DUXBURY – Prosecutors say the mother of two children who were found dead in a house in Duxbury Tuesday night will be charged with their murders. A third child was seriously injured and remains hospitalized.

Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz said Wednesday a warrant has been issued for 32-year-old Lindsay Clancy.

Police were called to the Summer Street home just after 6pm on Tuesday. The children’s father came home and discovered his wife first, reporting that she had attempted suicide. She was taken to the hospital.

Inside the home, police found Cora Clancy, 5, and Dawson Clancy, 3, suffering “clear signs of severe trauma” after being strangled. They were rushed to an area hospital but did not survive.

A 7-month-old boy was also found unconscious. He was taken to a Boston hospital by MedFlight and remains hospitalized.

Sources told WBZ-TV I-Team that investigators are considering the possibility that Lindsay Clancy is suffering from postpartum psychosis. She was on leave from her nursing job at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Clancy is still hospitalized in police custody and will be arrested as soon as she is physically able.

Lindsay Clancy
Lindsay Clancy, accused of killing two of her children in Duxbury


“Our community is of course reeling from the tragic events of last night,” said Duxbury City Manager Rene Read.

Flowers outside Clancy’s home on Wednesday are a small gesture that expresses the grief the community feels, including neighbor John Sullivan. “Everyone is in a state of disbelief, it’s tragic, the whole neighborhood is trying to process all of this,” Sullivan said.

Local minister Reverend Bill Ferguson of Pilgrim Church says the community is trying to find ways to help. “How do you do it? Especially when children are involved. Mental health issues if those are some of the reasons why it happened we just don’t know, it’s the unknowable,” a said Ferguson.

The first responders who rushed home are also grieving, coming to a scene that has devastated them and are in need of their own support.

“To everyone who responded, we care about you,” said Duxbury Fire Chief Robert Reardon. “If you or a colleague need help, please contact us.”

“It’s a tough test,” Cruz said. “I think being a police officer, being a first responder, has never been harder, and I think we should all thank them for their efforts and we should continue to pray for the family.”

A Massachusetts General Hospital spokesperson released a statement Wednesday saying, “We are shocked and saddened to learn of this unthinkable tragedy. We send our deepest condolences to all those affected by these devastating events.”

Click here for a list of mental health resources, including suicide prevention hotlines. A new maternal health helpline has also been set up for mothers or pregnant women who have mental health issues. Anyone in need of assistance can call 1-833-9-HELP4MOMS or 1-833-943-5746. You can call or text to receive support from qualified advisors.