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Massachusetts Father Of Three Kids Allegedly Murdered By Their Mom Calls For Forgiveness
Patrick Clancy, whose wife Lindsay Clancy allegedly murdered their three kids, Cora, Dawson and Callan before trying to kill herself, has asked that people try to remember the "real Lindsay."
A Massachusetts man whose wife allegedly murdered their three young children before trying to kill herself is asking others to offer her forgiveness.
Lindsay Clancy, 32, was charged on Wednesday with two counts of homicide, three counts of strangulation and three counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon for the deaths of her children Cora Clancy, 5, and Dawson Clancy, 3, as well as the assault on her son Callan Clancy, 7 months, according to a statement from the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office and NBC Boston affiliate WBTS.
Callan died in the hospital on Friday morning, WBTS reported. The charges against Lindsay, who reportedly remains in custody but hospitalized following an allleged attempted suicide, have not yet been updated to reflect his death.
Her husband, Patrick Clancy, called police in Duxbury, Massachusetts — about 35 miles southeast of Boston — around 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday after he found his wife on their front lawn, WBTS reported. A local talk radio host, John DePetro, reported that Patrick had left the couple's home to pick up a takeout order and was only gone for 25 minutes.
In that time, Lindsay allegedly strangled her three children, cut herself on the wrists and neck and then threw herself out the second floor window, WBTS and Boston Fox affiliate WFXT reported. First responders found the children alive but with "obvious signs of severe trauma" after arriving in response to the attempted suicide, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz told reporters on Friday, according to NBC News. The two older children were pronounced dead after being taken to a local hospital, while the infant was airlifted to Boston Children's Hospital, where he died on Friday.
Lindsay, a labor and delivery nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital, was on leave at the time of the alleged murders, according to Connecticut Insider. DePetro reported that she was in an intensive, every-weekday therapy program for postpartum depression stemming from the birth of Callan, and that Patrick was working from home to support her health care needs.
On Saturday, Patrick issued a long public statement in the case on a GoFundMe hosted by a member of his extended family, acknowledging both the pain of the loss of his children and his wife's mental health struggles.
"A lot of people have said they can’t imagine and they’re right, there’s absolutely nothing that can prepare you. The shock and pain is excruciating and relentless," he wrote. "I’m constantly reminded of them and with the little sleep I get, I dream about them on repeat. Any parent knows, it’s impossible to understand how much you will love your kids until you have them. The same goes for understanding the devastation of losing them."
"Cora, Dawson and Callan were the essence of my life and I’m completely lost without them," he added.
"I want to share some thoughts about Lindsay," he continued. "She’s 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 want to ask all of you that you find it deep within yourselves to forgive Lindsay, as I have," Patrick added. "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. All I wish for her now is that she can somehow find peace."
"I promise I’ll put all my energy into healing and rediscovering my purpose," he said. "I owe that to all of you, Duxbury fire and police, our compassionate healthcare workers, our local faith leaders, the Microsoft community, and especially Cora, Dawson, and Callan. I don’t know how or when I’ll be able to do it, but your love and generosity will help me get started. I know that love always wins."
"Cora, Dawson and Callan, you gave me so much in your short time here," he finished. "I don’t know if the pain will ever go away, but I’ll do my best to carry on in your honor. Dada loves you so much and will always remember you."