New Albany mom feared demons stalking family before drowning kids

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by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 17, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 13 at 12:38 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- A New Albany woman's mental illness, complicated by hypothermia led to the March 13 drowning deaths of her two children and her own death, a police investigation has concluded.

"The indications from the expert we consulted said that the signs were most likely in connection with post-partum depression and post-partum psychosis," said New Albany Police Chief Sherri Knight.

The investigation concludes that Jaime Clutter drowned her two children in a Binford Park creek, but is inconclusive whether Clutter's own drowning death was intentional.

The lead investigator said Clutter suffered from "grandiose delusions" and believed she was being stalked by "demonic presences."

Clutter's husband, Michael, has repeatedly disputed that his wife exhibited any signs of mental illness.

"I never seen any signs whatsoever, because if I would have seen signs, I would have been able to do something to prevent this," he said in March.
 
Police, however, said interviews with Jaime Clutter's parents in Washington State and acquaintances in New Albany indicated she "exhibited signs of serious mental illness."

"Incoherent statements, delusions of grandiose proportions, of demonic presences, that the family was being stalked by these presences," said Cpl. Carrie East, the lead detective in the case.

New Albany Police Chief Sherri Knight released the department's findings on Friday morning and forwarded them to the Floyd County Prosecutors Office which has indicated it will convene a grand jury in the case.

Knight said because Jaime Clutter is dead, the department would not file any charges against her in the deaths of her children.

The nude bodies of Jaime Clutter, 35; her son Brandon, 10; and daughter Katelyn, 6 months, were discovered in the creek near the family's apartment about 5:00pm on March 13. 

Knight said marks found on Clutter's body did not indicate any trauma. 

"It was all superficial and consistent with being submerged in a moving body of water," Knight said.

A witness told police that Clutter and her children visited her home at 7:13am that same day, dressed inadequately for the freezing temperatures.

New Albany Police consulted with a hypothermia expert who advised that mental disorders can be intensified when subjected to cold temperatures.

The investigation confirmed that Clutter's husband, Michael Clutter, was at work throughout the entire day.

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