Vigil For Family Of Mom Accused Of Killing Newborns
MADISON, Tenn. – A vigil was held Thursday night for the two newborns killed last week in Hendersonville. Police said their mother, Lindsey Lowe, admitted to hiding her pregnancy and suffocating her twin infant sons after they were born at home.
The vigil was held at the City Road Chapel United Methodist Church on South Gallatin Road in Madison. It is the church where Lowe was baptized and confirmed.
Guests brought flowers and candles and placed them near a cross during the service.
The same people that took the stand in Lindsey Lowe's defense in court on Monday planned the vigil. They said it's to grieve a loss, but also to pray for the Lowe family.
Pastor Ron Lowery and about 50 others gathered to grieve the loss of two newborn boys.
"We know there's been a tremendous loss that cannot be overlooked," said Pastor Lowery.
What we're trying to do is apply whatever grace we can in a situation, not condoning any of this. I want that to be very clear," he added.
The Pastor said as a member of the church, it is their duty to stand behind Lowe, no matter the situation.
"Do we condone what Lindsey did? No, but the scripture also teaches us that every last one of us is a sinner," Lowery added.
"There were no exemptions for our church people. Even though horrible things come along, we have to stand with our people," he continued.
The Pastor said there will not be a funeral for the infants at the Madison church. He was not aware if the family will plan a service for a different location.
The Assistant District Attorney in Hendersonville said they don't need opinions, vigils, or character witnesses because they have facts on their side.
"The nature of the crime lends itself to a lot of talk. We are going to keep our nose to the grounds and keep working on the case and seek justice for these two little kids," said Ron Blanton.
Blanton said it's too early to see how all of the support for the Lowe family will play out in the courtroom, but he said none of it will change the two charges of first degree murder which could bring life in prison or the death penalty.
The infants were born last Monday evening at Lowe's parents' Hendersonville home. Her father, Mark Lowe, discovered one of the babies dead in a laundry basket two days later and called police. When they arrived on scene, they discovered the second baby.
In a court affidavit, the 25-year-old mother reportedly told police she held her hand over each baby's mouth until each was dead.
The affidavit said Lowe then hid the bodies in the laundry basket to keep them from being discovered.
She returned back home on supervised bond, after her attorney said her grandparents offered their home for collateral to pay the $250,000 bond.
Lowe has reportedly not talked or eaten much since her arrest last week. In fact, she had been on suicide watch while in jail.
Some people have worried that home may not be the best place for her. One doctor said Lowe needs to be under professional care and somewhere other than home.
"We don't know if the family is really stable, and [returning to the location] where the event occurred could be really traumatizing for her, making the suicidal thoughts even worse," said Dr. Kristi Marshall, a licensed clinical professional.
Lowe's attorney said they have been considering an insanity plea, but it was too early to make that determination.