Mother of woman found dead in creek speaks about daughter and grandchildren
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---New information about the deaths of a New Albany mother and her children isn't sitting well with the mother of 35-year-old Jaime Clutter.
"They're sound Christians and there's no way. Someone's trying to cover something up. We don't believe none of it," says Carrie Pink, who lives in Aberdeen, Washington.
Jaime Clutter, her 10-year-old son Brandon, and her 6 month-old daughter Katelyn were found dead in a creek in Binford Park on Wednesday.
Floyd County prosecutor Keith Henderson says someone drowned the kids and the cause of death for Jaime is pending.
All three were found unclothed. A baby harness with a Bible inside was hanging from the limb of a tree. Their clothes were also found scattered nearby.
"I have no reason to believe we have an individual on the loose that would cause the public alarm or harm," says Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson.
Although they haven't come to any conclusions yet, Henderson says they haven't ruled out murder-suicide.
Jaime Clutter's family says they still believe someone else is responsible.
"There's no way. We know our daughter too well for that to even have taken place, " says Carrie Pink.
"How does your mind wrap around things like that. You just can't wrap around it. It's unbelievable," says Bill Pink, Jaime's father.
Clutter and her husband Mike attended Greater Faith church in New Albany.
"I didn't ever perceive Jaime or Mike as extremists, and we're certainly not extremists. We're just people trying to help others live a better life," says Pastor Todd Nichols with Greater Faith Church.
Pastor Todd Nichols says Jaime Clutter recently told him she was happier than ever.
He says he's been in contact with Mike Clutter, who is devastated. Mike Clutter hasn't returned to his Sheffield Square Apartment, and has been staying at a hotel. Pastor Nichols says Mike Clutter's family from Portland, Indiana has been visiting him the last few days to help him through this.
"And he doesn't have any kind of sense on how this would have happened," says Pastor Todd Nichols.
Jaime Clutter's mother is hoping for answers herself.
"There's evil spirits out there that are trying to cover something up. That's just how it is . Our daughter is just the best with her children. There's no way," says Carrie Pink.
Police say they aren't sure if Clutter suffered from postpartum depression, but her mom told WDRB's Tamara Evans that she believes she didn't, and that she was excited about the birth of baby Katelyn.
The Clutter moved to New Albany, Indiana in December. Pastor Nichols says they wanted to be part of the Greater Faith Church, and had attended some of their events in the past.
Jaime's mother says they also moved for a job. She says Mike Clutter had been without a job for a couple years, and had a great opportunity in the area.
Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson says that Mike Clutter returned home Wednesday afternoon to find his family was gone. He alerted authorities, and the bodies of the three were later found in the creek by someone passing by.
Henderson says that Jaime Clutter and her children were spotted in New Albany Wednesday morning. He says they believe the family had been in the creek anywhere from a matter of minutes, to a matter of hours.
Police say this is an ongoing investigation and are not ruling anything out.
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