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Duxbury Mom Charged With Killing Her Kids Is Arraigned From Hospital Bed: WATCH LIVE

NBC Boston 2/7/2023 Lara Salahi
A photo of Lindsay Clancy alongside a makeshift memorial outside the Duxbury home where she lived with her husband and their three children. © Provided by NBC Boston

A photo of Lindsay Clancy alongside a makeshift memorial outside the Duxbury home where she lived with her husband and their three children.

Lindsay Clancy is facing charges from her hospital bed in the killings of her three children in Duxbury, Massachusetts. Clancy is facing two murder charges and three strangulation charges.

A judge last week allowed Clancy to speak to a forensic psychologist ahead of her upcoming arraignment in the children's deaths last month. Clancy appeared in court from her hospital bed via Zoom.

[NBC10 Boston will carry Lindsay Clancy's arraignment live in the video player above.]

The judge granted the defense's motion at a hearing in Plymouth District Court last week, hours after Clancy's attorney claimed that an overmedication of prescription psychiatric drugs led to homicidal and suicidal ideation, as first reported by The Boston Globe.

Attorney Kevin Reddington confirmed his comments to NBC10 Boston on Friday morning and reiterated them outside court, where he said they were given "one on top of the other for such an extended period of time, not having any helpful effects."

Duxbury mother charged

The Plymouth County District Attorney's Office did not comment on the claims made by Reddington ahead of Clancy's arraignment on Tuesday, where prosecutors are likely to lay out in greater detail what they believe happened.

Authorities have not commented on a possible motive in the case or on Lindsay Clancy's mental state, but sources have told NBC10 Boston that she was living with postpartum depression.

An expert in psychiatry around childbirth told NBC10 Boston, without commenting on the specifics of Lindsay Clancy's case, that it can be difficult to find which medication will be effective for a patient.

A funeral was held Friday for the Clancy children.

Lindsay Clancy's attorney details drug prescriptions

Clancy is facing several charges in the deaths of her children, including two murder charges and three strangulation charges, according to prosecutors. The two older children, who were 5 and 3, were pronounced dead at the hospital on Jan. 24 following the incident, authorities said. The Clancy family's infant son, meanwhile, died three days later.

Clancy herself has been in a hospital following the incident, when she attempted to kill herself, prosecutors said.

Lindsay Clancy was prescribed a total of 12 different medications in the four months before the killings, her lawyer said, including benzodiazepines like Lorazepam, several antidepressants and Ambien, a sleeping drug.

According to Reddington, Lindsay's husband, Patrick, left their Duxbury home on Jan. 24 to go to CVS and pick up food. He called 911 after returning home around 6 p.m., the lawyer said, adding that he had not been warned by medical professionals not to leave his wife alone with their kids.

Patrick Clancy had begged doctors for help the week before, saying, according to Reddington, "'You're turning her into a zombie.' And it was just a brutal existence that they were living. Her parents were aware of this, they were trying to help out."

Patrick Clancy hasn't said that publicly. A little over a week ago, he addressed speculation around his wife's mental health, saying in a statement that she's recently been portrayed "largely by people who have never met her and never knew who the real Lindsay was." He went on to say that her "condition" had recently rapidly worsened, though he did not specify what she was struggling with.

Update on Lindsay Clancy's condition

In an email message Thursday to NBC10 Boston, Duxbury Police Chief Michael Carbone said Clancy is improving daily and had spoken to family and friends. However, in what seemed to be a contradiction, the chief said Friday that she has not been able to speak to loved ones, and only is allowed contact with her medical team, social workers and her attorney as she remains in state police custody in the hospital.

Reddington told the Globe that "she's not in good physical shape," and that she can't get out of bed, also saying that she has been barred from speaking with family and friends and is under police guard at all times at the hospital

Clancy has still not had a court appearance to face the charges against her. The Plymouth District Attorney's Office confirmed Friday that she is scheduled to be arraigned virtually on Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Plymouth District Court. Prosecutors have not said whether the charges against her will be upgraded now that her infant son has died.

Finding the right medication can be 'trial and error,' expert says

Dr. Nancy Byatt, a perinatal psychiatrist at UMass Chan Medical School, said she couldn't speak to the specifics of Clancy's case, but she is familiar with the medications that the woman's lawyer described — and the sometimes long journey it can take to find the right one.

"Sometimes it takes a lot of trial and error to find the medication that works and, unfortunately, that's quite common," she said.

Being on multiple medications is common if someone has a severe case, she said, but if there is concern about safety or side effects, it's recommended that person be hospitalized.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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