Memorial grows for two Duxbury children who officials say were strangled by their mother – Boston News, Weather, Sports

DUXBURY, MASS. (WHDH) – Flowers and toys have grown outside the Duxbury home where officials say a mother choked her two children to death.

Law enforcement officials say they are bringing charges against the woman, who was taken to hospital after officers found the bodies of two young children at a home on Summer Street.

Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz said an arrest warrant had been issued for Lindsay Clancy, 32, the mother of three children found by first responders Tuesday. She is currently in police custody.

According to Cruz’s office, Clancy faces two counts of manslaughter and three counts of strangling, as well as assault and assault with a deadly weapon.

Clancy was taken to hospital along with her 7-month-old baby boy after crews were called to the family home around 6pm on Tuesday.

Officials responded to the residence after police said her husband reported a suicide attempt in which Clancy attempted to jump out of a window of the home.

Upon entering the building, officers said they found two children, a 5-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy, both unconscious and with obvious signs of trauma. The children were taken to a hospital, where they were later pronounced dead.

“For now, it appears the children were strangled,” Cruz told reporters.

In a news conference, Cruz said Clancy was treated at the scene at the time. She remains hospitalized Thursday morning and will be charged with the charges against her if she is able to.

He said the information gathered by law enforcement officials led them to find a probable cause and that his office requested a warrant to formally charge the mother.

Neighbors of the family say they are devastated and struggling to come to terms with the deaths of two young children and the serious injury of an infant at a home in their neighborhood.

“It’s just tragic,” said neighbor John Sullivan, who said the family mostly kept to themselves, but he often saw the mother playing outside with her children in the yard.

“It’s just surreal that this would even happen, let alone happen next door,” he added.

Another resident said: “Prayers for the baby and prayers for what she was going through.”

A woman who stopped by in her car said the crime made her think of the hospital baby who will grow up without family members.

Duxbury Parish is now offering support to the first responders who were at the scene of the family tragedy. Police Chief Michael Carbone said all officers and firefighters on duty Tuesday were given Wednesday off and were being looked after by their Critical Incident Stress Management team.

Local churches also offer counseling and food for first responders and their families.

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