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POLICE: New Albany mother drowned children, then drowned, as well

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Police looked for clues after a woman and her two children were found naked in a creek in New Albany's Binford Park in March of 2013. Police looked for clues after a woman and her two children were found naked in a creek in New Albany's Binford Park in March of 2013.
Jaime Clutter and her son, 10-year-old Brandon were found dead in March along with Brandon's sister, 6-month-old Katelyn. Jaime Clutter and her son, 10-year-old Brandon were found dead in March along with Brandon's sister, 6-month-old Katelyn.

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- New Albany Police Chief Sherri Knight said on Friday that a mother drowned her two children and then drowned as well at Binford Park last March. 

Jaime Clutter, 35, and her two children -- 6-month-old Katelyn and 10-year-old Brandon -- were found in Falling Run Creek.  Chief Knight says toxicology results were negative, but she also said that Jaime Clutter had "serious" mental issues, including post-partum depression and psychosis.

Police say it's unclear whether Jaime Clutter meant to kill herself.  Chief Knight said the Kentucky Medical Examiner's report showed that she suffered from hypothermia.  When the New Albany Police Department consulted an expert in hypothermia, that expert said intense cold can intensify mental disorders and further impair judgment. 

Chief Knight says no charges are being filed in the case.

The father, Michael Clutter, was at work at the time and maintains that his wife would not hurt the children.  But investigators say they interviewed Jaime Clutter's parents, who said their daughter suffered from delusions, made incoherent statements, and believed that a demonic presence was stalking her family.

The Clutters had just moved from Washington State in December. 

On Friday, Michael Clutter planted a garden outside his New Albany home -- each flower holding a special memory to the wife and children he will never see again: "It was my family and I cared so much for them and I love my wife so much, I just find it hard to believe that she could have done something like this."

Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson, who has been critical of this investigation, plans to call a grand jury to review the police department's findings.

That's where Clutter has put all his hope now, trying to clear his wife's name, saying, "I really have no idea what happened but I don't believe that she did this.  I just don't, I would have to see a video to believe that she did this."

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