Patrick Clancy is speaking for the first time, a day after it was announced that his baby boy had succumbed to his injuries, and several days after his two other children died, allegedly at the hands of their mother in their Duxbury, Massachusetts home.
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South Shore’s father remained silent while his wife, Lindsay Clancy, was in police custody at a Boston hospital following the tragic incident last Tuesday at the couple’s Summer Street home.
His wife, a 32-year-old Massachusetts General Hospital employee and a Connecticut native, faces two counts of murder, three counts of strangulation and three counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon. She is suspected of strangling her eldest children: Cora, 5, and Dawson, 3.
Authorities have not said how 8-month-old Callan died, but he was pronounced dead Friday at Boston Children’s Hospital after being hospitalized with what prosecutors initially described as “evidence of harm.” Prosecutors have not said whether they would seek a third murder charge or any new charges in the case.
Days after the death of his two brothers, an 8-month-old baby has also died, allegedly at the hands of his mother.
Patrick Clancy is the one who called 911 shortly before 6:15 p.m. Tuesday to report that his wife had attempted suicide. When responders arrived at the home, they found Lindsay Clancy, along with the three children, unconscious and with obvious signs of trauma, Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz said.
The murders have rocked the south shore community of Duxbury, with many wondering what could drive a mother to allegedly kill her three children, who have been said to have a “beautiful life”. Sources told NBC10 Boston that Lindsay Clancy was living with postpartum depression.
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Patrick Clancy talks about his wife
On Saturday, Patrick Clancy addressed speculation about his wife’s mental health, saying in a statement that she has recently been portrayed “largely by people who never met her and never knew who the real Lindsay was.”
“Our marriage was wonderful and grew diametrically stronger as her condition rapidly worsened. I was as proud to be her husband as I was to be a father and felt persistently lucky to have her in my life,” he said. “We mutually understood the reality that people can have bad days, but we stuck to the rule that when one of us got lost, the other was always there to take him home, always. She loved being a nurse, but nothing compared. with her intense love for our children and dedication to being a mother. It was everything she ever wanted. Her passion taught me to be a better father.”
Patrick Clancy also said that he has forgiven his wife for what she allegedly did, and asked others to “reach deep” within themselves to do the same.
“The real Lindsay generously loved and cared for everyone: myself, our children, family, friends and her patients. The very fibers of her soul are loving,” she wrote. “All I wish for her now is that she can somehow find peace.”
The Duxbury community is in shock after two young children were killed and a third injured, allegedly at the hands of their mother.
Patrick Clancy duel
Patrick Clancy said that “the shock and pain are unbearable and unrelenting”, noting that he constantly reminisces about his children, and with what little sleep he does get, he dreams of them “over and over again”.
“Many people have said they can’t imagine and they are right, there is absolutely nothing that can prepare you,” he wrote. “Any parent knows that it is impossible to understand how much you will love your children until you have them. The same goes for understanding the devastation of losing them. Cora, Dawson and Callan were the essence of my life and I am completely lost without them.”
“My family was the best thing that ever happened to me. I was so proud to be the husband of Lindsay and the father of Cora, Dawson and Callan,” he added. “I was given a purpose and I never took it for granted. There is now a massive void where that purpose once was.”
The grieving father went on to describe each of his children, recalling what was so special about Cora, Dawson, and Callan.
Patrick Clancy remembered his daughter Cora for her “infectious laugh” and said that she was “unbelievably beautiful”.
“She was the cautious one, but it was really because she was so loving. She used to say that she wanted to be a doctor and a mom when she grew up and that she would practice giving Callan checkups. If she left the house to go somewhere, she would pick someone who cared for Caroline and Charlotte, her baby dolls. She had all the doll accessories available, so her nannies were well equipped. Before she was 2, she was wrapping them in perfect swaddles. We’d tell her she’s a “good mommy.” He loved all the babies, both real and fictional.”
She also loved sloths, unicorns, tea parties, going to lunch with Nana and Grandpa and giving gifts to people, Patrick Clancy added of his daughter.
“She knew everything about princesses, her favorite was Princess Sofia the First. She really loved her siblings and us and said it often in her sweet voice. We did a lot of father-daughter activities together, like skiing and visiting San Francisco or just speak”. She loved her, my firstborn, so much.”
“I think being here with other people will make me feel better, but more importantly the family of these children,” said Duxbury’s Diane Monaghan. “Maybe it helps that they know the community has their back.”
Patrick Clancy said his middle daughter had “beautiful, bold brown eyes that sparkled with friendship.”
“He was naturally funny and generous beyond the norm of a typical toddler, always willing to share his toys with others. For all the love he received, he always gave back more. His best quality was his sheer kindness. He loved trucks , tractors. , dinosaurs, Paw Patrol, “working boys” and being outdoors. He was adventurous and mischievous and enjoyed causing trouble, which he usually found fun. He was also remarkably intelligent. We always said if we didn’t save enough to retirement, it was everything will be fine, we’ll be living in Dawson’s guest house,” Patrick Clancy shared.
He added that Dawson hugged him tighter than most adults and told him in consistent words every night at bedtime, without fail, “goodnight dad, I love you.”
“We had a special bond from day one. He was my friend, my first child, and truly a gift.”
Patrick Clancy remembered his third son as the “quiet” one.
“I always said it was because he was the third child – he had to adjust and he did it easily. He was born with hardly any problems and was by far our best sleeper. He was just an incredibly happy and vibrant baby, constantly smiling.” Our nickname for him was ‘Happy Callan’.”
“He was sitting by himself and you could tell he was enjoying his growing independence as he would grab whatever object came within reach. Sometimes he would join my Microsoft calls in the background, playing on his nerves. I would keep my camera on, too proud “. to leave it out. He started saying ‘Dada’ every time he entered the room. The last moment we had together was our routine. He would come out of my office at the end of the day and I would swing him between my legs while he laughed. and he smiled.”
“If I ever had a bad day, Callan always knew how to heal me. Maybe that’s why he held on a little longer, to spare me any pain he could. As excruciating as it was, I was lucky and grateful to feel his warmth until his last breath.” moment. Faith is my only hope to believe that he felt mine,” Patrick Clancy added, noting that Callan died “with enormous courage despite being so small.”
“Maybe it was his way of showing what I need to do to move on. I will always try to be inspired by him. He will always be my little hero.”
Family members and people in the community expressed shock and grief Wednesday when details about the killings came to light.
outpouring of support
Patrick Clancy thanked everyone for the outpouring of love and support, noting that the warmth he’s received has been palpable and the generosity shown to him gives him hope that he can focus on “some kind of healing.” He added that he sees and appreciates everyone’s messages and input.
“I promise that I will put all my energy into healing and rediscovering my purpose. I owe it to all of you, to the Duxbury Fire and Police, our compassionate healthcare workers, our local faith leaders, the Microsoft community and especially Cora, Dawson, and Callan,” she wrote. “I don’t know how or when I’ll be able to do it, but your love and generosity will get me started. I know that love always wins.”
“Cora, Dawson and Callan, you have given me so much in your short time here,” her statement concluded. “I don’t know if the pain will ever go away, but I will do my best to continue in your honor. Given that she loves you very much, and she will always remember you.”