State will not seek death penalty for Lindsey Lowe

The state will not seek the death penalty for a Hendersonville woman charged in the smothering deaths of her newborn twin sons.

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GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) -- The state will not seek the death penalty for a Hendersonville woman charged in the smothering deaths of her newborn twin sons.

Twenty-five-year-old Lindsey Lowe was indicted on first-degree murder charges on Thursday afternoon.

Sumner County District Attorney General Ray Whitley had previously said the death penalty was a possibility, but on Thursday he said it was not appropriate in this case.

Lowe told police she hid her pregnancy from everyone and killed the children by covering their mouths after giving birth at home on Sept. 12. She said she did not want her parents to hear their cries.

Her father found one of the twins in a laundry basket two days later and called police.

Her attorney has said he feels her actions are a "mental health issue."


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