Diatribe: Woman Murders Secret Twin Newborns And Doesn’t Go To Jail!
Last week, twenty-five year old Lindsey Lowe of Hendersonville, Tennessee smothered her newborn twins to death. According to a police department affidavit, she gave birth to her first son in the bathroom of her parents’ home and, when it began to cry, she placed her bare hand over the baby’s mouth and held it there until the baby fell silent and died. You see, she didn’t want her parents, who were unaware that she was pregnant, to hear the infant’s cries. A few minutes later, she gave birth to a second child who also cried, so she killed him, too. She put her dead babies in a laundry basket and covered them with a blanket so no one would see them. Two days later, her father called police when he found a dead baby in his daughter’s bedroom. When confronted by police, she quickly confessed to the crime and was arrested on two counts of first degree murder.
Yesterday, there was a bond hearing and the woman was released into her family’s care! Her attorneys claim that it will be easier for her to have access to mental health professionals if she’s not in jail. I imagine every murderer in prison would like the same. Someone somewhere must be pulling strings to keep her out of prison because it just doesn’t make sense. The murder of the first child was clearly premeditated although it appears that she was unaware of the second baby until its birth.
There are too many new babies in my life this year for this situation not to bother me. This was an educated woman working in the dental field that knew and understood, for nine months, what was happening. She lied and hid her pregnancy (no doctors were ever involved) in order to avoid her, presumably, judgemental family. She did not consider giving her baby up for adoption. She did not consider the fact that Tennessee has Safe Haven Laws in place. It appears that she figured all along that she’d just kill the baby when it arrived. And then there was a second innocent baby.
I do not think this woman, mentally stable or not, should be out on bond. What do you think?
UPDATE: 11/05/12 – Attorney’s want Lindsey Lowe’s confession thrown out.
UPDATE: 12/10/12 – Lowe’s attorneys ask, for a second time, that her confession be thrown out!
UPDATE: 03/11/13 – Highly anticipated trial of Lindsey Lowe begins. (WKRN in Nashville has links to all its previous stories.)