Tenn won't seek death penalty in newborn slayings

AP News
Posted: Nov 10, 2011 4:49 PM
Tenn won't seek death penalty in newborn slayings

The state will not seek the death penalty against a Tennessee woman charged in the smothering deaths of her newborn twin sons.

Sumner County District Attorney General Ray Whitley had previously said the death penalty was a possibility for 25-year-old old Lindsey Lowe. But he ruled it out on Thursday after a grand jury's indictment on first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse charges.

He says it's not appropriate in this case.

Lowe of Hendersonville told police she hid her pregnancy from everyone and killed the children by covering their mouths after giving birth at home on Sept. 12. She said she did not want her parents to hear their cries.

Her attorney has said he feels Lowe's actions are a "mental health issue."