Newborn Twin Deaths: Jury Convicts Lindsey Lowe Of Felony Murder

By Philip Ross on March 20, 2013 10:51 AM EDT

Lindsey Lowe
Lindsey Lowe, the 26-year-old Tennessee woman arrested in Sept. 2011 after two dead infants were found in her laundry hamper, was found guilty Tuesday of felony murder. The judge sentenced Lowe to life in prison. (Photo: Summer County Sheriff’s Office)

The newborn twin deaths trial involving 26-year-old Lindsey Lowe of Tennessee culminated on Tuesday when a jury convicted Lowe of felony murder, among other charges. Lowe was on trial for smothering her twin boys to death back in Sept. 2011 and stuffing their bodies in a laundry hamper at her parents' house in Hendersonville, Tennessee, 20 miles northeast of Nashville.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that prosecutors showed the jury a video on Wednesday, March 13, which showed Lowe in a police interrogation, during which she admitted that she "maybe" smothered the twins. During the video, Lowe confessed that she cheated on her fiancé back in Jan. of 2011 and became pregnant with the twins as a result. Lowe gave birth to the twin boys in Sept. over the toilet at her parents' home.

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Her mother, Paula Lowe, found one of the newborns in a hamper in Lindsey Lowe's room. Fox News reported that Paula Lowe called her husband, who in turn called the police. When police arrived to investigate, they discovered a hamper with bloody sheets inside of it, along with a second newborn underneath the first. Lowe's parents say they had no idea their daughter was pregnant.

A police detective testified in court that, while interrogating Lowe, she told him she had kept her pregnancy a secret to avoid disappointing her fiancé. On the video shown to the jury Wednesday, Lowe admits that, after giving birth to the twins in the bathroom, she "maybe" smothered them.

"I was trying to keep them quiet," she said on the video.

The defense tried to argue that Lowe's confession on the tape was coerced, and that she wasn't in her right mind during the interrogation, according to WPTV.com.

The father of the twin boys is Jeremy Smith, who testified in court last Thursday that he and Lowe had not spoken since their affair in Jan. of 2011. He says he had no idea Lowe was pregnant from their encounter until he was called to testify at a court hearing, the Daily Mail reported.

Lowe has claimed she did not know she was pregnant. According to the Daily Mail, during an interview with detectives back in 2011, Lowe told them she had been having back pain the day of the births, and it wasn't until she went to the bathroom later for what she thought was a "bowel movement" that she realized she was pregnant.

The two murder convictions that Lowe was given Tuesday each carry a life sentence. In Tennessee, that means Lowe will serve 51 years in prison for each count, Fox News noted.

Lowe never testified on her behalf during the trial, telling the judge she didn't think she could "emotionally handle it."

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