The husband of a woman accused of killing their three children before attempting to take her own life has said he forgives her.
Lindsay Clancy, 32, is believed to have been suffering from severe postpartum depression when she allegedly strangled Cora, five, Dawson, three, and seven-month-old baby Callan on the evening of Tuesday, January 24.
She then jumped from a second-floor window at the home in Massachusetts, but survived the suicide attempt, investigators say.
Patrick Clancy reportedly left home for about 25 minutes to pick up some food for his family when it all unfolded.
All of the children were rushed to hospital, where the older two died soon after. The baby died three days later on Friday.
Clancy, a labour and delivery nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital, is being treated at a Boston hospital.
She has previously shared struggles with anxiety in motherhood on social media and is reported to have possibly suffered from postpartum psychosis.
Mr Clancy made reference to her ‘condition’ in a moving statement following the tragedy, but did not elaborate.
He wrote: ‘She’s recently been portrayed largely by people who have never met her and never knew who the real Lindsay was.
‘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.’
The grieving father went on: ‘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 fibres of her soul are loving. All I wish for her now is that she can somehow find peace.’
Clancy’s arraignment has yet to be scheduled.
What is postpartum psychosis?
Postpartum psychosis is a serious mental health illness that can affect someone soon after having a baby. It affects around 1 in 500 new mothers, according to the NHS.
Whereas many new mums will experience mild mood changes, known as the ‘baby blues’, postpartum psychosis should be treated as a medical emergency.
Symptoms – listed below – usually start suddenly within the first two weeks after giving birth – often within hours or days of giving birth.
They can include:
- hallucinations – hearing, seeing, smelling or feeling things that are not there
- delusions – thoughts or beliefs that are unlikely to be true
- a manic mood – talking and thinking too much or too quickly, feeling ‘high’ or ‘on top of the world’
- a low mood – showing signs of depression, being withdrawn or tearful, lacking energy, having a loss of appetite, anxiety, agitation or trouble sleeping
- sometimes a mixture of both a manic mood and a low mood – or rapidly changing moods
- loss of inhibitions
- feeling suspicious or fearful
- feeling very confused
- behaving in a way that’s out of character
The NHS website warns the illness can get worse rapidly and can risk the safety of the mother and baby.
It suggests seeing a GP immediately if you think you, or someone you know, may have developed symptoms of postpartum psychosis. You should request an urgent assessment on the same day.
You can call 111 if you cannot speak to a GP or do not know what to do next. Your midwife or health visitor may also be able to help you access care.
Go to A&E or call 999 if you think you, or someone you know, may be in danger of imminent harm.
The NHS website urges warns to be aware that if you have postpartum psychosis, you may not realise you’re ill. Your partner, family or friends may spot the signs and have to take action.
Click here for more information.
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