Face of young mum charged with smothering twins to stop them crying
Published 19/09/2011 | 08:01
THIS young mother 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, according to court documents.
Police in Tennessee arrested Lindsey Lowe, 25, after her father discovered one baby's body in a laundry basket.
She is now facing murder charges and has been held in jail in Nashville without bail
According to a police affidavit, Lowe said she didn't tell her family she was pregnant, but believes she got pregnant in January and never visited a doctor. The father of her twins in not known.
She said she went into labour while on the toilet at her parent's home, in Hendersonville, just outside Nashville, last week. She said the first baby fell into the toilet and began to cry.
"Lowe stated that the baby was crying and she 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."
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. She put both babies in the laundry basket and covered them up with blankets.
Lowe said she never checked the sex of the child. Police said both boys appeared to be full term and weighing about 5 or 6 pounds (2.3 to 2.7kg).
Lowe, who works at a pediatric dentist's office, was charged with first-degree murder and remains in jail with no bond. Police said she is undergoing a medical evaluation.