‘Shock and pain:’ Husband of Duxbury mother charged in child deaths gives statement – Boston 25 News
DUXBURY, Mass. – The husband of Lindsay Clancy, the Duxbury mother accused in the deaths of her children, is asking people to forgive her.
“I want to ask all of you to find it deep within yourself to forgive Lindsey as I have. The real Lindsay was generously loving and caring to everyone – me, our children, family, friends and her patients,” Patrick Clancy wrote in a statement that was posted Saturday on a GoFundMe page this is taking donations for the family. “The very fiber of her soul is loving. All I wish for her now is that she can somehow find peace.
Lindsey Clancy, 32, is charged with two counts of murder, three counts of strangulation or strangulation and three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, according to the arrest warrant. Emergency crews responding to a 911 call found her three young children unconscious and suffering from trauma at the family’s home Tuesday night.
Her two oldest children, Cora Clancy, 5, and Dawson Clancy, 3, were pronounced dead at a hospital shortly after they were found in the home. This was announced on Friday by the district prosecutor’s office the couple’s third child, 8-month-old Callen Clancy, also died.
Lindsay Clancy is in police custody at a Boston hospital. In his statement on Saturday, her husband shared loving memories of his family and three children.
“My family was the best thing that ever happened to me,” writes Patrick Clancy. “I was so proud to be Lindsay’s husband and father to Cora, Dawson and Callen. I always reminded myself that every day with them is a new gift.”
“Callen was usually the first to wake up and rest his head on my shoulder for a few minutes while he got used to the morning,” writes Patrick Clancy. “Dawson would usually sing or speak his thoughts out loud for a while before we went to pick him up. Cora was a big girl and she just walked down the stairs. I can still vividly picture her coming into the living room every morning with disheveled hair and a smile on her face.
The family “always started their days together reading books, cuddling on the sofa and playing with magnetic tiles. I loved taking them places, whether it was scootering at Chandler Elementary, vacations, skiing, boating, or Duxbury Beach, one of our favorite places on earth. They gave me a purpose and I never took it for granted. Now, where that purpose once was, there is a vast void,” writes Patrick Clancy.
Police responded to 47 Summer St. around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday after Patrick Clancy arrived home and called 911 to report his wife’s suicide attempt. Plymouth District Attorney Tim Cruz said Lindsay Clancy jumped from a second-story window.
On Saturday, Patrick Clancy shared personal details about his children and how they brightened his days.
His oldest, 5-year-old Cora, “had an infectious laugh and was incredibly beautiful. She was the cautious one, but really because she was so caring. She said she wanted to be a doctor and a mother when she grew up, and she would practice examining Callen,” Patrick Clancy wrote.
His middle child, 3-year-old Dawson, “had beautiful, bold, brown eyes that sparkled with friendship. He was naturally funny and generous beyond the norm of a typical toddler, always willing to share his toys with others. For all the love he received, he always gave more back,” wrote Patrick Clancy.
And the baby, 8-month-old Kalan, “was our calm child. I always said that he was the third child – he had to adapt and he did easily. He was born with almost no problems and was our best sleeper. He was just an incredibly happy and vibrant baby, always smiling,” wrote Patrick Clancy.
“Callan died with great courage even though he was so young. Maybe this was his way of demonstrating what I needed to do to move forward. I will always try to draw inspiration from him,” wrote Patrick Clancy. “He will always be my little hero.”
Patrick Clancy also shared intimate details about his wife and their relationship, including how it was “love at first sight” when they first met.
“I want to share some thoughts about Lindsay. Lately, she’s been largely portrayed by people who have never met her and never knew who the real Lindsay was,” writes Patrick Clancy. “Our marriage has been wonderful and has grown exponentially stronger as her condition has rapidly deteriorated. I was as proud to be her husband as I was to be her father, and I felt unfailingly lucky to have her in my life. I still remember the moment I first saw her and I can remember how overwhelmed I was by the love at first sight that you only see in movies. It really wasn’t long before I was sure I wanted to marry her.
“We said ‘I love you’ to each other several times a day as if it was a reflex. We usually started each morning with a passionate embrace, eliciting a sigh of relief, as if each of us had received the perfect medicine,” writes Patrick Clancy. “If too long goes by without a hug, she’ll look at me and ask, ‘did you forget?'” 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 always is there to bring them home, always. She loved being a nurse, but nothing could compare to her intense love for our children and her dedication to being a mother. It was all she ever wanted. Her passion taught me how to be a better father.
The grieving father also thanked the Duxbury community, first responders, religious leaders and health care workers who helped him and his family in recent days.
“I promise to put all my energy into healing and rediscovering my purpose,” writes Patrick Clancy. “I owe this to all of you, the Duxbury Fire and Police Department, our compassionate healthcare workers, our local faith leaders, the Microsoft community, and especially Cora, Dawson and Callen. I don’t know how or when I will be able to do it, but your love and generosity will help me get started. I know that love always wins.”
“Thank you all for the love and support,” wrote Patrick Clancy. “The warmth I have received from the community is palpable and your generosity gives me hope that I can focus on some kind of healing. I’ve seen all your messages and contributions, including some from people I haven’t seen in over a decade and many I’ve never met. I see and appreciate each and every one of you.”
Although autopsies will determine the exact cause and manner of their deaths, Cruz, the district attorney, said earlier this week that “Preliminarily, it appears the children were strangled.”
Massachusetts General Hospital confirmed that Lindsay Clancy is an employee there. The hospital released a statement on Wednesday saying: “We are shocked and saddened to learn of this unimaginable tragedy. We extend our deepest sympathies to all those affected by these devastating events.”
Cruz called the incident “an unimaginable senseless tragedy” and noted that it did not happen by accident. He also acknowledged the emergency crews who first witnessed the tragic scene when they responded to the home.
“I’m sure many of them will not forget what they saw last night,” Cruz said Wednesday.
Hundreds attended Emotional candlelight vigil Thursday night in Duxbury at Holy Family Church, dealing with mental health.
Lindsay Clancy is expected to be arraigned after she is released from the hospital.
State troopers assigned to Cruz’s office are assisting Duxbury police with the homicide investigation.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.
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