Attorney: Lindsey Lowe refused to accept pregnancy
March 12, 2013 4:02 PM
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. -
Lindsey Lowe wiped tears from her face Tuesday morning as the prosecution outlined their case against the Hendersonville woman accused of killing her newborn twin sons.
Lowe allegedly hid her pregnancy and suffocated her newborn sons shortly after giving birth.
"This case is horribly sad, it's horrific. It's the saddest case I've been involved in my career, but it's not simple," Lowe's attorney John Pellegrin said during opening statements.
According to Pellegrin his client was a girl who "didn't get in trouble, never gave her parents trouble [and] was active in church."
The babies were discovered at the Lowe's home. Family members said they were unaware of the then 25-year-old's pregnancy.
"Lindsey Lowe was pregnant, but refused to accept it in her mind, she refused to accept it," Pellegrin said. "She literally on a day-to-day basis did not recognize she was pregnant, it would occasionally come to her, but she was in such a state of mind she completely pushed it out."
Prior to delivering the infants on September 12, 2011, Lowe went to work as usual when she began having back pains. She left work and returned home.
"She gets up finally late that night to go to the bathroom and sits on the toilet, something starts happening and she knows it's not a bowel movement. She thinks internal organs are coming out of her,' Pellegrin said. "She reaches down and feels and for the first time, feels a baby's head and ear and realizes what's happened."
She gave birth to the first baby just after 10 p.m.
"She said she gave birth to the baby in the toilet bowl and laid down on the floor and left the baby in the toilet," Malach said. "She said roughly five minutes after the first one, she was lying down, and she got up and gave birth to second one. I asked her if it was done in the same fashion and she said yes, she stood over the toilet bowl and gave birth the same way."
He added, "She said she never checked on them because she knew they were already dead."
The prosecution maintains Lowe purposely hid her pregnancy from her parents, sister, friends, finance and the babies' father, a man Lowe told investigators she cheated on her fiancé with.
"We anticipate that we'll show you there was no preparation made for the birth of these children, or for any child, because no one was going to interfere with her life," Sumner County Assistant General Attorney Ron Blanton said.
Detective Steve Malach added, "When I asked her initially about her fiancé, she said she didn't want to disappoint him. Evidently his mother had gotten cancer not too long before that and she couldn't tell her parents because they were Christian people and wouldn't understand and said she couldn't tell her sister either."
Police officer Jeremy Fentress was among those who responded to the Lowe's home after her parents called 911 and discovered the second infant in a laundry basket. He took the stand on Tuesday.
"I saw the bloody towel and after I pulled the bloody towel back, I saw a deceased newborn," he recalled. "It was cold to the touch and wasn't breathing."
Detective Malach testified on Tuesday, saying he went to Lowe's workplace to speak with her about the babies' deaths.
"Lindsey was sitting at her desk with her headphones on, smiling and listening to something," he recalled. "At that point in time I said, ‘Lindsey, we found the laundry basket and her mood changed. She got more serious when I told her we found the laundry basket."
Malach said Lowe told him she knew pretty much from the beginning that she was pregnant.
"She said she never went to the doctor during the pregnancy," he said.
The first day of testimony wrapped up just before 4:30 p.m. The trial will resume Wednesday morning.