Slain children’s dad urges forgiveness

  • Duxbury Police work at the home where two children were found dead and an infant injured Wednesday in Duxbury. On Friday, the youngest child, 7-month-old Callan, also died. THE BOSTON Globe VIA AP/FILE

Published: 1/29/2023 9:07:58 PM
Modified: 1/29/2023 9:07:45 PM

BOSTON (AP) — The husband of a Massachusetts woman who is accused of killing two of their children and assaulting a third who later died says his family was the best thing that ever happened to him, and that he forgives his wife.

Patrick Clancy’s statement appeared Saturday on a fundraising site to assist with medical bills, funeral services, and legal help.

His wife, Lindsay Clancy, is facing two counts of murder and other charges after their daughter, Cora, 5, and their son Dawson, 3, were strangled last week inside the family home in Duxbury, a coastal town about 30 miles south of Boston, investigators said. They were pronounced dead at a hospital. On Friday, the youngest child, 7-month-old Callan, also died. Authorities have not yet commented on further charges.

Lindsay Clancy attacked the baby before jumping from a second-floor window at the home, investigators said. Emergency responders found her and the children unconscious with obvious signs of trauma. An arrest warrant had been issued on Wednesday for Clancy on two counts of homicide and three each of strangulation and assault and battery with a deadly weapon.

Patrick Clancy wrote about his deep love for his family and favorite memories of them, including the love at first sight he felt for Lindsay and how they began each morning with a passionate hug.

“She’s recently been portrayed largely by people who have never met her and never knew who the real Lindsay was,” he wrote. “Our marriage was wonderful and diametrically grew stronger as her condition rapidly worsened. I took as much pride in being her husband as I did in being a father and felt persistently lucky to have her in my life.”

Clancy did not elaborate on his wife’s condition.

He later added, “I want to ask all of you that you find it deep within yourselves to forgive Lindsay, as I have. The real Lindsay was generously loving and caring towards everyone — me, our kids, family, friends, and her patients. The very fibers of her soul are loving. All I wish for her now is that she can somehow find peace.”

Lindsay Clancy is a labor and delivery nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is being treated at a Boston hospital. Her arraignment has yet to be scheduled.

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