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8-month-old injured in Duxbury tragedy has died, prosecutors say

The scene of a horrific death investigation at 47 Summer St.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

Eight-month-old Callan Clancy, the youngest child of a Duxbury woman who allegedly attacked her children this week, died Friday in a Boston hospital, bringing more devastation to a tragedy that also claimed the lives of his 5-year-old sister and 3-year-old brother.

Callan was pronounced dead late Friday morning at Boston Children’s Hospital, Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz’s office said in a statement.

He was born on May 26, 2022, and his death came one day after he turned 8 months old, according to a spokeswoman for Cruz.

Callan’s mother, 32-year-old Lindsay Clancy, is already facing two counts of murder and other charges for allegedly strangling her daughter, Cora, 5, and her son, Dawson, 3, inside the family home at 47 Summer St. on Tuesday evening. Clancy also allegedly attacked Callan before jumping from a second-floor window of the residence in an apparent suicide attempt.


Lindsay Clancy is currently being treated at a Boston hospital. Her arraignment hasn’t been scheduled. A spokeswoman for Cruz said late Friday that so far, the charges against Lindsay Clancy remain the same.

A motive for the killings has not been disclosed, but the shocking case has focused public attention on postpartum depression and its impact on family violence.

Lindsay Clancy, a labor and delivery nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital, wrote about her struggles with postpartum anxiety on her Facebook page in July, just six weeks after the birth of her youngest child.

The tragedy has generated a wave of compassion and support for the young family that extends beyond Duxbury, where the Clancy family has lived at least since 2018.

On Friday, an online fund-raiser created for the father, Patrick Clancy, drew thousands of donations from friends and colleagues, as well as health care providers and people who did not know the family.


The GoFundMe page had set an initial goal of raising $100,000. As of Friday night, more than $500,000 had been donated to help pay for “medical bills, funeral services and legal help,” for the family, the site said.

“This assistance is especially needed because Pat will be unable to work for the foreseeable future as he weathers this painful, life-altering tragedy,” the fund-raising organizer, Matthew Glaser, wrote. “We all know Pat to be the most kind and genuine person. As someone who is always willing to support others, we sincerely thank you for offering yours.”

A new fund-raising goal of $700,000 was established, according to the site.

Glaser could not be reached for comment. GoFundMe verified the validity of the fund-raising effort.

Duxbury Police Chief Michael Carbone issued a statement Friday thanking the public for their support and asked that donations be directed to the Clancy family or community organizations.

Town police and firefighters, and first responders from surrounding communities were inside the Clancy home. Along with concern for the family, many have expressed concern for those first responders who are struggling with the horror they witnessed.

“Because the public safety community is often faced with traumatic situations ... we are well equipped to deal with the needs of our people,’’ Carbone wrote. “Your kind words and well wishes are always appreciated.”

Many donations to the GoFundMe page were left with notes of support and encouragement for the family.

“I don’t know you or your family but I am a mother of two girls and this has made me so incredibly heartbroken. I am praying for you,” one woman wrote. “The medical system needs to talk more about what can happen after giving birth. Keeping you and your beautiful children and wife in my prayers.”


“I am a nurse at MGH and mother of 4 … your family’s unimaginable loss has consumed my mind since the moment I heard about it,” one person wrote. “I think most people donating here are inserting themselves into your situation and the heartache is otherworldly, incomprehensible. Sending you light, love and prayers during a time when there are literally no healing words.”

Similar sentiments were offered Thursday night during a candlelight vigil for the community held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Duxbury. Hundreds filled the pews and stood inside the church during the half-hour service.

Candles illuminated the church where people knelt in silent prayer or stood in quiet reflection. Hymns were sung and prayers and remembrances offered for the family, including the infant, Callan, who at that time was still fighting for his life.

On Friday evening after Callan’s death was announced, many offered new words of comfort on the GoFundMe page.

“My heart has broken for this family over and over through the last few days,” one donor wrote at around 7 p.m. “May you find strength, and someday peace.”

“God Bless this family,” wrote another.

Kathy McCabe of the Globe staff and correspondent Jeremy C. Fox contributed to this report.


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