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Tue March 12, 2013
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Trial Begins in Case of Newborn Twins Killed

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The trial of a Hendersonville woman charged with murder in the smothering death of her newborn twins got underway Tuesday morning.

Twenty-six-year-old Lindsay Lowe told police she hid her pregnancy and gave birth to the boys at home in September, 2011. Police say she then smothered them so her parents wouldn’t hear their cries.

In his opening remarks, District Attorney General Ray Whitley read part of the statement police say Lowe made under questioning.

“’I just put my hand down there over their mouths, the baby’s mouth, not long, until it stopped crying.’ And when asked about the second child she replied, ‘Well, it was just the same thing. I mean, it wasn’t as much – I guess, crying or anything.’ Ladies and gentlemen, that’s what this case is about."

Police say the baby's father was a family friend, not Lowe's fiancé, and prosecutors say they plan to argue the affair gave Lowe a motive to conceal her pregnancy by killing the twins.

Defense attorneys say they intend to argue that Lowe was mentally ill.

The state does not plan to seek the death penalty.