A Tennessee mother was found guilty Tuesday in the 2011 smothering deaths of her newborn twins at her parents’ Hendersonville home.
Lindsey Lowe, now 26, was convicted of two counts each of felony first-degree murder, felony premeditated murder and aggravated child abuse.
A judge sentenced Lowe to life in prison for the counts of first-degree murder. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 26 for the aggravated child abuse convictions.
Authorities were called to investigate the scene on September 14, 2011 after Lowe’s father reported he had discovered a newborn baby, dead, covered with a blanket, in a laundry basket in his daughter’s bedroom, according to an arrest affidavit. The body of a second baby was later found in the same basket.
Lowe, then 25, was brought in for questioning and she confessed to killing both of her babies, police said in the affidavit. Lowe allegedly stated to authorities that she gave birth while on a toilet bowl at her parents’ home two days before the bodies were found.
Lowe admitted to police that she smothered the twins so that her parents wouldn’t hear their cries, the affidavit states. After the children were dead, Lowe said she placed both of her babies in a laundry basket in her room and covered them with blankets to prevent their discovery, according to the affidavit.
Earlier in the police interview, Lowe told officers she did not tell anyone she was pregnant and had not visited a doctor, the affidavit states.
At trial, Lowe’s attorneys claimed she was in denial about being pregnant. A psychiatrist testified for the defense that Lowe was delusional on the day she gave birth, WTVF-TV reported.
Lowe’s attorneys also argued that her taped police confession was not credible because she is mentally ill, WTVF-TV reported.
Prosecutors alleged Lowe killed her babies to conceal an affair after she cheated on her fiancé.
John Pellegrin and James Ramsey, Lowe’s defense attorneys, could not be reached for a comment Wednesday because they were in court.
After the guilty verdict was read Tuesday, Lowe waved to family members as she was taken into custody and said, "I'm ok, I love you all,” WTVF-TV reported.