A mother accused of killing two of her children and attempting to take the life of a third had months earlier shared online that she was struggling with her mental health.
In July of 2022, 32-year-old Lindsay Clancy wrote on Facebook about how she had been suffering from postpartum anxiety, the Boston Globe reports.
The condition, which causes excessive worry following the birth of a child, was discussed by the mother – but six weeks later she shared a second post about how she felt “dialled in” again.
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The revelation comes after Tuesday’s (January 24) shocking incident in Duxbury, Massachusetts, USA, around 35 miles to the southeast of Boston.
In the second post the mother explained how a balance of diet and exercise had “made all the difference,” to her recovery, the New York Post reports.
The post cannot be seen publicly on Facebook, however, CBS has learned from sources that law enforcement fears Clancy might have suffered from postpartum psychosis.
Firefighters received an emergency call from Clancy’s husband Patrick, where they discovered the three children “unconscious, with obvious signs of trauma”.
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Clancy, who allegedly killed her two young kids and attempted the kill the third is understood to have then jumped out of the window.
Officials say the labour and delivery nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital now faces two counts of murder, three counts of strangulation or suffocation, and three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
She remains in hospital after she sustained injuries from falling from the second-floor window of her home on Summer Street in Duxbury.
Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz said: “I cannot begin to fathom the pain, the depths of pain” [being felt by the family].
Cruz has declined to offer comment on any kind of motive and whether Clancy's mental health was a factor.
"In incidents like this, there are usually more questions than answers," Cruz said during a press conference on Wednesday.
"We aren't here to presume motives … This is an unimaginable, senseless tragedy, and it is an ongoing investigation."
In an old yearbook profile from her time at Quinnipiac University in 2012, Clancy wrote: “Life is messy sometimes,” and that “no matter how hard you fight it, you fall. And it’s scary. Except there’s an upside to free falling. It’s the chance you give your friends to catch you,”
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