published Friday, September 16th, 2011

Tennessee mom tells police she smothered newborn twins

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    This undated booking photo provided by the Sumner County Sheriff's Office in Gallatin, Tenn. shows 25-year-old Lindsey Lowe. Police say Lowe has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of her newborn twin boys found in her home just north of Nashville. (AP Photo/Sumner County Sheriff's Office)
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — A young mother charged with murder has told police she hid her pregnancy, gave birth to twin sons at her family's home and killed the infants by smothering their cries so her parents wouldn't hear them.

Police in the Nashville suburb of Hendersonville arrested Lindsey Lowe, 25, on Wednesday after her father discovered one baby's body in a laundry basket.

According to a police affidavit, the young mother said she didn't tell her family she was pregnant, but believes she got pregnant in January and never visited a doctor. Police said on Thursday they were trying to identify the father of the twins.

Police said they interviewed Lowe who said she went into labor Monday evening while on the toilet at her parent's home. She said the first baby fell into the toilet and began to cry.

"Lowe stated that the baby was crying and Lowe did not want her parents to hear and find out about the child," police wrote in the affidavit. "Lowe stated that she put her hand over the child's mouth and she stated that she kept it there until the child was dead, which was a couple of minutes." Lowe said she never checked the sex of the child.

A few minutes later, the affidavit says, she gave birth to the second child, who also fell in the toilet. She again put her hand over the baby's mouth and held it there until the baby died, which she said took less time than the first child. She put both babies in the laundry basket and covered them up with blankets.

Police said both boys appeared to be full term and weighing about 5 or 6 pounds.

Lowe, who works at a pediatric dentist's office, was charged with first-degree murder and remained in jail Thursday with no bond. Police said she is undergoing a medical evaluation.

Police Lt. Scott Ryan said Thursday that he didn't know how she hid the pregnancy, just saying that she didn't tell anyone. He would not say whether Lowe was helping them to identify the father.

Ryan said women with unwanted pregnancies have several options, including a safe haven law that allows newborns to be dropped off at places like hospitals and police stations.

"No matter how bleak the outlook may be for you, let someone help you out," Ryan said.

Someone answered a call by The Associated Press to Lowe's father but hung up when asked for comment.

Senior Pastor at City Road Chapel United Methodist Church Ron Lowery said he got a call from Lowe's parents on Wednesday to come to the house for support during the police investigation. He said Lindsey and her sister grew up in the church and were regularly involved in youth activities.

On Thursday, he said the family was stable and was figuring out what to do next.

"It's amazing how we somehow have the ability to cope even in life's worst disasters," Lowery said.

As to why Lindsey was so desperate to hide the pregnancy, Lowery said, "It's a mystery to everybody."

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eastridge8 said...

This is so sad....poor babies..

September 16, 2011 at 11:20 a.m.
macropetala8 said...

She blonde and blue-eyed. She'll pull a Casey Anthony, post partum excuse or some PTSD disability and get away with it. He#@!! She may even earn 600grand for her troubles on some talk show circuit.

September 16, 2011 at 12:29 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

sick, sick, sick macropetala8, i hope you find some joy in your life before you reach your end.

September 16, 2011 at 1:59 p.m.
mhbraganza said...

"It's amazing how we somehow have the ability to cope even in life's worst disasters" said the family's preacher. This is a particularly idiotic statement when Ms. Lowe clearly just demonstrated a desperate inability to cope.

September 16, 2011 at 2:42 p.m.

This "woman" of 25 must have been channeling Casey Anthony-is there any respect for lives-particularly our most vulnerable- anymore? This is plain old "not taking responsibility for one's actions- this would have been more "explainable" if Ms Lowe has been a young teenager(not excuseable, but more explainable)instead of a 25 year old

September 16, 2011 at 2:58 p.m.
holdout said...

She chose, 4th trimester abortion.

September 17, 2011 at 7:08 a.m.
hrtofluv said...

I still dont get this. You dont want your parents to find out about your pregnancy or about you giving birth, but you leave the dead babies in the laundry basket? I guess she didnt care if they found out that she murdered her babies. Lock her away - in a mental institute for life!! That is 2 childless couples in the world still childless when they could have had a baby to love! Shame on her for only thinking of herself!

September 21, 2011 at 10:13 a.m.
cole said...

sad but true macropetala8...this monster will probably walk

November 15, 2011 at 5:13 p.m.
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