Reported By Joseph Pleasant, Reporter - bio | email
GALLATIN, Tenn. -
An affair with another man may have played a role in the murder of newborn twins killed last month just moments after they were born.
Their mother, Lindsey Lowe, 25, is charged with of two counts of first degree murder after she told detectives she suffocated the infants after giving birth to them on the night of September 12 in a bathroom of her parent's Hendersonville home.
"She acknowledged that she killed both babies by putting her hands over their mouths," Hendersonville police Detective Steve Malach testified in a preliminary hearing Tuesday, adding, "She knew she was killing them."
The body of one of the babies was discovered two days later by her father in a laundry basket in Lowe's bedroom. Investigators later learned there was a second dead infant also in the basket.
"To the right of the bed, as you are facing it, there was a laundry basket," Malach continued. "When I did peel [the towels in the basket] back, it revealed an apparent newborn child that was deceased. It was cold to the touch."
Lowe was taken into custody later that day at the Hermitage dentist office where she worked.
Malach told the judge the office is where he first encountered the young woman.
"She was working at her desk," he recalled. "She had headphones on and appeared to be listening to music. She was very happy."
Initially, Malach said investigators thought the infant was stillborn.
Further investigation revealed the baby was born alive and there was a second baby.
"She gave birth to the second one into the toilet bowl next to the first one," Malach told the courtroom. "It was crying. She again covered its mouth until it stopped breathing."
Since her release on a $250,000 bond just a week after the murders, Lowe has been in the custody of her parents.
Surrounded by family and her fiancé, she arrived at Tuesday's preliminary hearing at the courthouse in Gallatin around 12:30 p.m., two and a half hours before the proceedings were scheduled to begin.
She sat with her parents and fiancé directly behind her, and could be heard sobbing throughout much of the testimony.
Detective Malach reported that Lowe told him she did not tell anyone she was pregnant, including her fiancé.
"She said she did not tell [her fiancé] because she did not want to disappoint him," he said. "Evidently he had family who was ill and it would just be too much."
Malach also testified that Lowe had a sexual relationship with a man identified as Jeremy Smith around the time she believes she got pregnant. She was engaged to her current fiancé at the time.
Through DNA testing, Smith has been identified as the father of the twin boys. The test was certain to 99.998% for one of the infants and 99.999% for the other.
Smith was notified of the paternity tests by phone shortly before Tuesday's hearing. Police had previously told him about the possibility he fathered the twin boys.
"He took it like a man," Sumner County District Attorney Ray Whitely told Nashville's News 2 outside of the courtroom, "but, of course, he is very concerned about it."
Also during Tuesday's hearing, the district attorney asked that the judge revoke Lowe's bond since she tested positive for an anti-depressant that was not listed as a medication she was on at the time of the incident.
The request was declined to give her attorney, John Pellegrin, the opportunity to see if his client was given the medication while in jail.
"I am going to give Mr. Pellegrin time to talk to the doctors and talk to the nurses at the jail to see if she got a prescription for this that would show up on this test," General Sessions Division I Judge Jim Hunter said.
The judge said he could call another hearing next week to hear arguments from both sides about revoking Lowe's bond.
Tuesday's hearing wrapped up in less than an hour, just before 4 p.m.
Lowe's parents and other family members leaving the courtroom declined to comment.