The baby boy hurt in a tragedy this week where US officials say a mother strangled two of her children and tried to kill a third, has died, bringing the death toll to three.
The Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office announced earlier in the week that Lindsay Clancy, 32, is suspected of strangling her older children — identified as Cora, five, and Dawson, three.
Officials on Friday confirmed the youngest sibling, eight-month-old Callan Clancy, had died at Boston Children’s Hospital that morning.
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Callan had been hospitalised with what prosecutors initially described as “evidence of harm”.
Prosecutors did not initially say how the baby boy is believed to have died, or if his mother would face new charges.
Clancy has been charged with two counts of homicide and other charges against her in the deaths of the baby’s siblings.
The Massachusetts General Hospital employee and Connecticut native also faces three counts of strangulation and three counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon.
At last check, Clancy was in police custody in a Boston hospital.
When they showed up at the home on Summer St shortly after 6pm — after being called by the woman’s husband — they found Clancy, along with the three children, unconscious and with obvious signs of trauma, according to Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz
The two older children were pronounced dead at a hospital that night, Cruz said.
The baby was taken by medical helicopter to a Boston hospital for treatment, according to authorities.
Cruz was asked Wednesday if the baby was harmed in an attempted strangulation, but he did not specify beyond saying that “there is certainly evidence of harm to the child”.
Husband speaks out
Father Patrick Clancy had remained silent while his wife has been in police custody at a Boston hospital following the tragedy.
However, on Saturday he addressed speculation around his wife’s mental health, saying in a statement that she has recently been portrayed “largely by people who have never met her and never knew who the real Lindsay was”.
“Our marriage was wonderful and diametrically grew stronger as her condition rapidly worsened. I took as much pride in being her husband as I did in being a father and felt persistently lucky to have her in my life,” he said.
“We mutually understood the reality that people can have bad days, but we stuck to the rule that when one of us got lost, the other was always there to bring them home, always.
“She loved being a nurse, but nothing matched her intense love for our kids and dedication to being a mother. It was all she ever wanted. Her passion taught me how to be a better father.”
Patrick also said he has forgiven his wife for what she allegedly did, and asked others to “find it deep within” themselves to do the same.
“The real Lindsay was generously loving and caring towards everyone – me, our kids, family, friends, and her patients. The very fibers of her soul are loving,” he wrote. “All I wish for her now is that she can somehow find peace.”
The grieving father said “shock and pain is excruciating and relentless,” noting he is constantly reminded of his kids, and with the little sleep he is getting, he dreams about them “on repeat”.
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