Grand jury concludes Clutter family 'not drowned purposely'


by Gene Kang

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 13 at 12:38 PM

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- The Floyd County prosecutor announced the findings of a grand jury investigation into the deaths of a New Albany mother and her two children during a news conference Thursday.

Keith Henderson said the grand jury found Jaime Clutter did not kill herself or her children, and her husband was not responsible for their deaths either.

"There's no evidence that suggests that based on an interchange with that neighbor that Jaime was attempting to kill her children," Henderson said.

Jaime Clutter, 35,and her two children, 10-year-old Brandon and 6-month-old Katelyn, were found in Falling Run Creek at Binford Park on a chilly day back in March. The windchill that day was 18 degrees.

After five days and 17 witnesses, including a medical examiner, a psychological expert and a hypothermia specialist, the grand jury ruled they drowned, and apparently, hypothermia could have set in within a couple minutes and caused "disorientation and confusion."

The family was found with no clothes and their bodies were scraped by rocks in the creek. The prosecutor said they may have removed their clothes due to extreme disorientation.

After the initial investigation, police said Jaime suffered from postpartum depression, mental illness and drowned herself and her two kids.

Cpl. Carrie East, New Albany Police Detective, said: "Incoherent statements, delusions of grandiose proportions, of demonic presences, that the family was being stalked by these presences."

Something her husband disagreed with when the initial investigation began.

Husband, Michael Clutter, said on March 18: "I never seen any signs whatsoever, because if I would have seen signs, I would have been able to do something to prevent this. We don't have any mental health or medical records that I'm aware of."

The prosecutor said investigators consider the case closed unless someone else comes forward with compelling evidence or information. He said he has no problems with New Albany Police even though their findings were completely different from that of a grand jury.