Mother, 25, whom nobody knew was pregnant gave birth to twin boys on parents' toilet, smothered them and hid them in laundry basket
Last updated at 2:55 PM on 16th September 2011
Lindsey Lowe, from Tennessee, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of her newborn twin boys
A young mother charged with murder has told police she 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.
Police in the affluent Nashville suburb of Hendersonville arrested Lindsey Lowe, 25, on Wednesday after her father discovered one baby's body in a laundry basket.
According to a police affidavit, the young mother said she didn't tell her family she was pregnant, but believes she got pregnant in January and never visited a doctor.
Police said on Thursday they were trying to identify the father of the twins.
When they interviewed Lowe, she told them she went into labour on Monday evening while on the toilet at her parent's home. She said the first baby fell into the toilet and began to cry.
'Lowe stated that the baby was crying and Lowe 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, which she said took less time than the first child. She put both babies in the laundry basket and covered them up with blankets.
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Lowe's father called police yesterday after finding a deceased infant in his daughter's room
Lt Scott Ryan said: 'A child was found deceased in a part of the bedroom that you wouldn't normally find a child and that was suspicious in and of itself'
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.
The 25-year-old, who works at a paediatric dentist's office, was charged with first-degree murder and remained in jail Thursday with no bond. Police said she is undergoing a medical evaluation.
Police Lt Scott Ryan said on Thursday that he didn't know how she hid the pregnancy, just saying that she didn't tell anyone. He would not say whether Lowe was helping them to identify the father.
Lt Ryan said women with unwanted pregnancies have several options, including a safe haven law that allows newborns to be dropped off at places like hospitals and police stations.
'No matter how bleak the outlook may be for you, let someone help you out,' Ryan said.
The 25-year-old graduated from Western Kentucky University with a degree in interior design in 2008, according to a university spokesman.
There was no answer at Lowe's two-story brick home in an upscale cul-de-sac in Hendersonville in Middle Tennessee.
But another young mother said she could not believe what had happened at their usually quiet neighbourhood.
She told News Channel 5: 'You never would have thought that would happen two houses down.'
Another neighbour said: 'I wanted to throw up. I was seriously nauseated to my stomach, I have a baby, I love her. I'd do anything for her.
'To know that somebody couldn't take the time to love a child and would do something like that just tears me apart.'
The father, who reportedly did not know his daughter was pregnant, found a newborn baby in her bedroom, apparently hidden and lifeless.
Lt Ryan told Channel 5: 'Will always remember this day and the events. It's very sad our heart goes out to the mother the rest of her family and to those children who didn't have a chance at life.'
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