A mother’s alleged murder of her three children has an eerie connection to another heinous crime committed by a mother.
Lindsay Clancy’s case has been called “strikingly similar” to Andrea Yates’ 2001 horror murder of her five children.
Clancy, 32, has attended court proceedings from her hospital bed after police allege she strangled her three children with exercise bands on January 24 in Duxbury, Massachusetts.
Clancy has pleaded not guilty to killing two of her children – Cora, five, and Dawson, three.
She also pleaded not guilty to strangling her seven-month-old baby Callan, who died in hospital days later.
Yates was first tried for her crimes in 2002, when she was convicted of capital murder for drowning all five of her children in a bathtub.
Yates, 58, was tried again in 2006 and found not guilty by reason of insanity.
She has remained in inpatient psychiatric facilities since confessing to the crimes.
Yate’s attorney George Parnham compared the two horror cases on the Law&Crime sidebar podcast.
“When I heard about it [Clancy’s] Fall, I immediately thought of Andreas Fall,” said Parnham.
Parnham said there were similarities in Yates’ confession to the allegations Clancy is now facing.
Parnham said that Yates deliberately planned the murders and sent her husband out of the house.
Parnham stated that she wanted to send her children to heaven and believed that they would only reach heaven if they died early.
The allegations Clancy faces are strikingly similar, according to Parnham.
Police say that like Yates, Clancy sent her husband to get groceries for the family.
“They both knew the husband would stop them,” Parnham claimed on the podcast.
Prosecutors said during their Feb. 8 arraignment that she told her husband she heard a male voice telling her to kill the children because “it was her last chance,” reports the Boston Globe.
“They knew they had to take these children’s lives to save their souls from Hell,” Parnham said.
Clancy remains in hospital after police say she slashed her wrists and jumped out of a second-story window after allegedly strangling her children.
Her team pleaded not guilty on her behalf, citing mental health issues that allegedly rocked the mother’s postnatal sanity.
Clancy’s heartbreaking case has sparked national talks about postpartum psychosis, with her defense attorney, Kevin Reddington, describing her as a “zombie” after being “over-medicated” in the weeks leading up to the murders.
The problem has been escalated to the state level after Massachusetts Representative Jim O’Day introduced a new law that would make women born within a year of committing a crime not guilty if they have postpartum mental health problems health problems are diagnosed. Mass Live reports.
The mother’s lawyer mentioned that three weeks before the fateful day, she had a brief stint in a psychiatric hospital amid a battle with depression, but was sent home five days later with two new prescriptions.
Reddington noted that Clancy was on 12 medications at the time of the murders.
These included Prozac and Seroquel, which allegedly gave her side effects like “homicidal and suicidal thoughts.”
Despite serious mental health problems, prosecutors argue that Clancy was in her right mind and committed first degree murder.
Defense attorney Duncan Levin recently told The US Sun that he believes the trial will be based on Clancy’s mental state.
“This case will not be about whether or not she committed the murders,” Levin said.
“What will be an issue is her state of mind and whether she was legally responsible.”
Clancy’s attorney told the Independent that he wanted to argue that she was unfit to stand trial.
“I doubt she would ever make it to trial,” he said.
“She [is] suicidal. She is extremely emotional. However, she is unable and has not been able to express happiness, sadness or crying.”
The judge ordered Clancy transferred to a rehabilitation center for psychiatric care after her hospitalization.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/7425782/mom-lindsay-clancy-andrea-yates-children-deaths/ Disturbing connection between Lindsay Clancy and ‘strikingly similar’ murder mother Andrea Yates, who drowned five children in bathtub