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A defense attorney for Lindsay Clancy told The Boston Globe his client was overmedicated on prescription drugs that sparked homicidal and suicidal thoughts on the evening she allegedly strangled her three children and attempted to kill herself.
In an interview that also touched on Clancy’s current medical condition and upcoming arraignment, Kevin J. Reddington told the Globe that the medications prescribed to Clancy were “turning her into a zombie.”
“The medications that were prescribed were over the top, absolutely over the top,” he said, suggesting postpartum depression as another possible factor.
Authorities allege that on Jan. 24, Clancy killed her two older children — 5-year-old Cora and 3-year-old Dawson — and injured the youngest, 8-month-old Callan, before jumping out a second-story window. Callan Clancy died days later at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Lindsay Clancy is facing charges of homicide, strangulation, and assault and battery with a deadly weapon.
A Brockton-based criminal defense attorney, Reddington has represented several high-profile clients over his career, according to The Herald News, including former Fall River mayor Jasiel Correia II, Red Sox player Mo Vaughn, and Catherine Greig, girlfriend of James “Whitey” Bulger.
Reddington had almost 100 homicide trials to his name by 2011, according to The Herald News.
Here’s what we learned from his interview with the Globe:
Clancy and her husband, Patrick, repeatedly approached doctors for help with her condition, Reddington told the Globe.
“She had medical care and treatment on a regular basis. And her husband was very proactive in trying to protect her and help her with the doctors’ medication she was prescribed,” he said. “They went through hell — and they didn’t come back.”
He told the newspaper that between last October and January, Clancy was prescribed 13 different psychiatric medications, including zolpidem (sold under the brand name Ambien); clonazepam (sold under the brand name Klonopin); diazepam (sold under the brand name Valium); fluoxetine (sold under the brand name Prozac); lamotrigine (sold under the brand name Lamictil); lorazepam (sold under the brand name Ativan); mirtazapine (sold under the brand name Remeron); quetiapine fumarate (sold under the brand name Seroquel); sertaline (sold under the brand name Zoloft); and trazodone, hydroxyzine, amitriptyline, and buspirone.
Patrick Clancy left the house on Jan. 24 to shop at CVS and pick up takeout, Reddington told the Globe. He called 911 shortly after returning home.
Medical professionals hadn’t warned Patrick Clancy not to leave his wife alone with their children, the defense attorney said.
“Not that I’m aware of. Course not. He loved her. He knew she was a great mother, a fantastic person,” Reddington told the newspaper.
Reddington told the Globe that his client’s suicide attempt left her unable to walk, though he declined to use the word “paralyzed.”
“She can’t get out of bed. She can’t walk. I don’t know what the medical prognosis is regarding that, but right now, she cannot walk,” he said. “She’s not in good physical shape. She’s not in good emotional shape. … She is not going to get out of bed and walk out of the room.”
Still hospitalized in Boston, Clancy is guarded 24/7 by two Plymouth County deputy sheriffs working paid details financed by Duxbury police, the Globe reported.
Appearing in Plymouth District Court Friday afternoon, Reddington asked that a forensic psychologist, Dr. Paul Zeizel, be allowed to meet with Clancy, even though she has not yet been arraigned.
He and Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Sprague debated whether Clancy posed a risk to others, with Reddington arguing that his client is confined to her hospital bed and Sprague contending that the medical facility is “an unsecure environment.”
“We also have here a defendant who inflicted moderate injuries on herself and killed three children,” Sprague said. “She can move; she is not paralyzed. She can move her legs and feet. She can move her arms.”
Sprague asked that the psychologist be searched upon entry, and that he not be left alone with Clancy.
Judge John Canavan allowed Reddington’s request and said sheriff’s deputies may view the meeting, albeit out of earshot to avoid violating privacy rights.
Contrary to a previous statement from Duxbury Police Chief Michael Carbone, who told media outlets on Thursday that Clancy had been talking to family and friends, Reddington said his client has only been allowed to speak with medical staff and her previous attorney. Carbone later told the Globe that he received inaccurate information from his detectives.
Reddington said the district attorney’s office has since told him that if Clancy has access to a phone, she can make phone calls but cannot receive incoming calls.
“Which is reasonable; I have no problem with that,” he said. “She really just wants to talk to her parents.”
Clancy is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday at 2 p.m., appearing via Zoom while Reddington, a prosecutor, and a judge meet in Plymouth District Court, according to the Globe.
Reddington told the newspaper he will raise the issue of overmedication in hopes of convincing the judge that Clancy’s medical status is dire enough that she should be able to await trial somewhere “humane” — possibly at her parents’ home with GPS monitoring, the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, or the Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital.
Read more of Reddington’s interview with the Globe.
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