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Tenn. mother gets 51 years in newborns’ killings

NASHVILLE — A Tennessee woman convicted of murdering her newborn twins was sentenced Friday to a minimum of 51 years in prison, despite her family’s pleading with the judge, who said he found the 26-year-old untruthful and selfish.

Lindsey Lowe was convicted last month of felony murder, premeditated murder, and aggravated child abuse. The murder charges carry an automatic life sentence.

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At a Friday hearing in Gallatin, Sumner County Criminal Court Judge Dee David Gay sentenced Lowe to the maximum 25 years on each of the aggravated child abuse charges. However, Gay ordered the sentences for murder and child abuse to be served at the same time. Lowe, wearing handcuffs, also read a statement expressing her regret. She did not testify at trial.

She gave birth to the twin boys in the bathroom of her parents’ home in Hendersonville on Sept. 12, 2011. She told police she smothered them and placed them in a laundry basket so that her parents would not hear their cries. Lowe’s parents found one of the babies two days later and alerted police.

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