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Massachusetts father who lost his three children says he forgives his wife, is 'completely lost' without his kids

Flint McColgan, Boston Herald on

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BOSTON — The father of three young Duxbury children who died, allegedly at their hands of their own mother, has surfaced to say that he is “completely lost without” his children and has forgiven his wife.

“I want to ask all of you that you find it deep within yourselves to forgive Lindsay, as I have,” Patrick Clancy wrote toward the end of a Saturday statement shared to a GoFundMe drive set up for the expenses incurred by the tragedy.

“The real Lindsay was generously loving and caring towards everyone — me, our kids, family, friends, and her patients,” he added. “All I wish for her now is that she can somehow find peace.”

Patrick Clancy thanked those who had reached out to him and that “the warmth I’ve received from the community is palpable and your generosity gives me hope that I can focus on some sort of healing.”

But the majority of his letter was dedicated to his family, “the best thing that ever happened to me.”

“Cora, Dawson, and Callan, you gave me so much in your short time here. I don’t know if the pain will ever go away, but I’ll do my best to carry on in your honor,” he concluded. “Dada loves you so much and will always remember you.”


Patrick called 911 at 6:11 p.m. Tuesday to report that his wife, Lindsay, 32, had attempted suicide. Subsequent statements by Plymouth DA Timothy Cruz would reveal that the reality of the situation was much more dire: first responders located all three children in the home at 47 Summer St. “unconscious, with obvious signs of trauma.”

Cora, 5, and Dawson, 3, would be pronounced dead later that night at an area hospital. The 7-month-old infant, Callan, would hold on at Massachusetts General Hospital until Friday, when he died at around 11:18 a.m., according to the DA’s office. Soon their mother, Lindsay, would be charged with their death by strangulation.

“A lot of people have said they can’t imagine and they’re right, there’s absolutely nothing that can prepare you. The shock and pain is excruciating and relentless,” he wrote. “I’m constantly reminded of them and with the little sleep I get, I dream about them on repeat.”

“Any parent knows, it’s impossible to understand how much you will love your kids until you have them,” he continued. “The same goes for understanding the devastation of losing them. Cora, Dawson, and Callan were the essence of my life and I’m completely lost without them.”


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