Dramatic Day In Court For Mother Accused Of Killing Twin Newborns
GALLATIN, Tenn. - It was a dramatic day in the murder trial of Lindsey Lowe as the Hendersonville woman accused of killing her twin newborns broke down.
Lowe broke down Wednesday just as prosecutors began to read text messages between her and the father of her children.
In one of those messages, the father, Jeremy Smith, told Lowe he wanted to father her children a full month before she reportedly got pregnant.
In a text conversation between the two, Smith sent Lowe a message that read, "I want to marry you. I want you to be the mother of my kids."
Lowe was visibly upset as the texts were read.
The emotional moments came just hours after Lowe's taped police confession was played to jurors. They watched the interview where police said she confessed to smothering her newborn twin sons.
The videotape showed Lowe's interview with Hendersonville police detective Steve Malach two days after she gave birth.
Initially, she told him that her fiance was the father. Later, a sobbing Lowe told Malach she cheated on her fiance with Jeremy Smith, and then hid the resulting pregnancy from everyone. She said her family is very conservative and did not want to upset them with the news of an affair and pregnancy.
The weekend before she gave birth, Lowe told Malach she was a bridesmaid in a wedding in Lebanon, Kentucky. She admitted she was fighting with her fiance, Jonathan Brooks, during that weekend, and said she had a glass of wine at the wedding.
Lowe went on to tell Malach that she went to work on Monday, September 12, 2011, and had some bad back pain. She got up in the night with horrible pains and went to the bathroom.
Lowe told Malach she gave birth to the first baby in the toilet at the Hendersonville home she shared with her parents and sister, and left it there.
At one point during the interview, Lowe revealed she had given birth to two babies. Malach left the room, and called the investigators at the Lowe home to tell them about the second baby. They went to check to see if the baby was alive at the home, and found it deceased inside the laundry basket with the other baby.
Lowe then explained that after having the first baby, she lay down on the floor of the bathroom. She got back up a few minutes later, and gave birth to the second baby in the toilet. She said she left them both in the toilet while she again laid down on the floor.
Malach continued to prod Lindsey about how the twins died, and she eventually said she covered their mouths until they stopped crying.
"They were clearly alive, and you killed them," Malach said on the tape.
"Yes sir," Lowe said quietly on the tape.
Lowe also told Malach that her family was home when she delivered, and her mother came to check on her but did not come into the bathroom. She said she showered and cleaned up the bathroom so her family would not suspect anything.
Lowe told her co-worker she called in sick the day after delivery because she had "some sort of stomach thing." She said she spent Tuesday recovering, but still did not tell anyone.
She admitted to Malach that she put them in a laundry basket where her mother discovered them two days later, and her father called 911.
During the interview, Lowe told Malach that if she had to do it over again, she would tell someone. The interview continues with Malach telling her that he would send her to the doctor, and then they fill out some paperwork.
Prosecutors are trying to prove the killings were premeditated and have suggested they were intended to hide the affair.
Defense attorney John Pellegrin said during opening statements Lowe was in denial about her pregnancy to such an extent that she thought she had breast cancer when she began lactating, shortly before the birth.
Pellegrin also suggested that police planted the idea with Lowe that she smothered the infants.
On Tuesday, the jury saw and heard graphic testimony from the first responders on the scene. They were shown photos of Lowe's bedroom and the deceased newborn babies.
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