Help sought for woman charged with killing twins

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Posted: Sep 21, 2011 4:40 PM
Help sought for woman charged with killing twins

The attorney for a Tennessee woman accused of smothering her newborn twins said the family is seeking mental health treatment for the 25-year-old.

Lindsey Lowe of Hendersonville was released on $250,000 bond on Tuesday. Police have said Lowe hid her pregnancy and smothered her male infants just after they were born so that her parents wouldn't hear their cries.

The woman's release from jail came a day after a hearing in which Lowe's father described her as a "model daughter" who had lived at home and taken care of her ailing mother since graduating from Western Kentucky University in 2008.

On Wednesday, defense attorney John Pellegrin said the family told him Lowe was not eating much while in jail. Jail officials were afraid she would hurt herself and had her medicated and in isolation, he added.

"We're talking to various mental health professionals about how to get her they treatment she needs to get her stabilized and so forth," Pellegrin said.

He said Lowe had been to see a probation officer after her release on a supervised bond, which requires her to check in at regular intervals. She will continue to live with her family while awaiting trial. Lowe is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and prosecutors have said they will consider asking for the death penalty.

Asked about how the family was doing emotionally, Pellegrin said they were "still in a state of shock."

"It's just a terribly devastating set of circumstances. The family is very close and they are pulling together the best they can," he said.

The woman's father, Mark Lowe, called police on Sept. 14 after discovering a dead baby boy in a laundry basket in his daughter's room. Police later found the body of a second baby boy in the same basket.

Lowe has testified that neither he nor his wife knew their daughter was pregnant.

Lindsey Lowe told police she gave birth to the babies on the toilet on the night of Sept. 12. When they cried, she put her hand over their mouths until they stopped breathing, according to an affidavit filed with the court.

Hendersonville Police Det. Steve Malach testified that police searched the home thoroughly but found no evidence that Lowe had made any plans for the birth.

Friends and family members have rallied to her support, but no one has offered an explanation for why she might have hidden her pregnancy.

Police have said they are working to determine the father's identity.

Pellegrin has said his client was engaged to be married, but he would not speculate about whether the fiance was the father, saying he was waiting to see the autopsy report.

He has said it is too soon to say whether he might consider a defense of temporary insanity.

"It all boils down to what the psychological proof shows," he said.