DUXBURY — Sources have told the WBZ-TV I-Team that a Duxbury mother is expected to survive following a horrific incident that left two young children dead and a third in hospital. Sources say investigators are looking into postpartum psychosis as a possible cause. TheWednesday as 32-year-old Lindsay Clancy.
Police were called to the Summer Street home just after 6pm on Tuesday. A man who lives there returned home and discovered the woman first, reporting a suicide attempt. She reportedly jumped out of the window and was taken to hospital.
Inside the house, police and firefighters found three unconscious children with what they described as “obvious signs of trauma”.
A 5-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy were taken to hospital and pronounced dead. An 8-month-old boy was rushed to a Boston hospital aboard a medical rescue helicopter. There is no word yet on his or the mother’s condition.
Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz said Wednesday the children appeared to have been strangled.
“It’s an unimaginable senseless tragedy,” Cruz said. told reporters Tuesday evening.
Investigators are seeking to charge Clancy with the homicides.
Massachusetts General Hospital confirmed Wednesday that Clancy is an employee of MGH.
“We are shocked and saddened to learn of this unthinkable tragedy. We send our deepest condolences to everyone affected by these devastating events,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
Cruz said the incident was isolated and there was no threat to the community. Police were still at the house on Wednesday as a woman left flowers outside for the family.
The officers who first responded to the house have been removed from duty for now because of what they witnessed inside.
“The first thought was, this poor family, how tragic. Obviously the wife was suffering from, I think, postpartum depression. Automatically my next thought was ‘Oh my God, these poor first responders,'” said Jeffrey Zeizel, a clinical social worker who provides mental health services to first responders dealing with traumatic situations.
“I would say they have to get away from the scene. They also have to be together, so they can process together.”
Zeizel said those who know this family, and even those who don’t, will feel the brunt of this tragedy.
“The community will be impacted, so what’s helpful for that is having gatherings,” he told WBZ-TV. “The community can sometimes rally around these events and they really need to take care of themselves.”
If you or someone you know is struggling, there is help. Experts are available to talk 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline on 988.