Bond Set For Mother Accused Of Killing Infant Twins
by Tim Wetzel and Kim Gebbia
GALLATIN, Tenn. – Bond has been set for the mother who police said confessed to killing her two newborn babies.
Lindsey Lowe, age 25, appeared in a General Sessions courtroom in Sumner County Monday morning. Last week she delivered two twin boys in a bathroom in her parent's Hendersonville home. Police said she confessed to killing the babies so her parents wouldn't find out about the pregnancy.
Lowe told investigators she delivered the first child and covered his mouth so that her parents wouldn't hear him crying. She kept her hand on the child's face for more than two minutes, suffocating the baby.
According to police, she killed the other twin the same way. Lowe's father found the newborns in a clothes basket covered in blankets.
Attorneys for Lowe asked a judge to grant her bail. However, prosecutors argued in favor of keeping her behind bars because they may seek the death penalty.
The judge decided Lowe is not a flight risk and not a danger to the community. The judge set bond at $250,000, with supervised probation.
Dozens of people showed up in court to show their support of Lowe. Ten character witnesses, including her father, described her as warm, kind, loving, and respectful of her parents.
"Lindsey is a model daughter and we love her very much. She is as good as it gets," said Mark Lowe.
Lowe said he had no idea his daughter was pregnant before finding the body of a dead baby boy in a laundry basket on September 14.
It was later discovered there were two bodies in the basket in Lindsey Lowe's bedroom.
Family friend Debbie Naylor said even those who love her may never be able to explain her actions, but said, "Lindsey is not a monster."
"Lindsey is very kind very caring, very considerate of others," said Naylor.
But a detective painted a very different picture of the college graduate.
"She figured she would smother it, so she put her hands over the child's mouth until it could not breathe and I specifically asked did you know the child was dead at that time and she said yes," said Detective Steve Maloch.
Prosecutors argued Lowe was a 25-year-old woman – not a teenager – and that she knowingly suffocated and killed her twin infant boys.
Lowe appeared very emotional during testimony.
The judge asked Lowe if she had ever been on mental health medication or had experienced mental health issues. She said no.
Also in court taking her defense was Lowe's fiance, John Browns, the potential father of the murdered twins.
"I am really sorry, I am having a really hard time with it," Browns said.
He said he had "no comment" when NewsChannel 5 asked if had anything to say about the paternity testing being completed to determine who the father of the twins was.
Lowe worked at a pediatric dental office. Her co-workers said they had no idea she was expecting babies.
"We are all just shocked and saddened and pray for her and her family," said co-worker Michele Stainback.
It was not clear why Lowe hid the pregnancy from friends and family. She told police she believes she got pregnant in January 2011.
Lowe was still behind bars while waiting for her family to secure bond.
If the Lowe's can post the bond, her family and attorney said the first order of business will be to get Lowe the mental help they said she needs.
A preliminary hearing will be held for Lowe on September 28.
Tennessee does have a "Safe Haven" law. Within 72 hours of having a child, a mother can bring her newborn baby to any hospital, fire or police station and can drop the child off, no questions asked.