Hearing set for mother accused in newborns' deaths - WSMV Channel 4

Hearing set for mother accused in newborns' deaths

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HENDERSONVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Authorities are so concerned about Lindsey Lowe she has been placed on a suicide watch at the Sumner County Jail.

The 25 year old is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. According to police, Lowe gave birth to full-term twin boys Monday night. Her father called police when the newborns were discovered dead in her bedroom laundry basket.

A bond hearing is scheduled for Monday, but the district attorney says he hopes to keep her behind bars.

John Pellegrin, Lowe's attorney, says his client is being given medication for her mental state. Pellegrin says Lowe was depressed and had taken to her bedroom for extended periods of time shortly before giving birth to twin boys, and, according the affidavit, smothering them.

"I think she told her family that she was ill, and sort of confined herself to her room for a while," Pellegrin said.

District Attorney General Ray Whitley says it is as sad a case he has handled in his career as a prosecutor.

Whitley says he will be arguing against bond for Lowe at Monday's hearing. He wants her in jail and believes the seriousness of what Lowe is alleged to have done could end up costing her her life.

"This case does carry the potential for the death penalty, but that's a decision that will be decided down the line. There are an awful lot of factors that enter into that decision, so it's not something we're concerned with at this point," he said.

There are still those who are wondering how Lowe could be pregnant with twins and no one seemed to realize it, not even her parents.

"I think everyone wonders that. She was a little heavy but not obese, and that's a question that family and friends were concerned about the weight gain that she had, but no one apparently knew she was pregnant," Pellegrin said.

Some of Lowe's friends emailed Channel 4 to say she is a close, talented friend and what happened this week is hard to comprehend, saying in part, 'We support Lindsey and her family and will be here for them each step of the way.'

Channel 4 spoke with the medical examiner's office and was told autopsies on the newborns have not been completed.

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