Police: Mom suffered from 'grandiose delusions,' drowned kids


by Joe Arnold


Posted on May 17, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Updated Friday, May 17 at 4:08 PM

NEW ALBANY, Ind.  (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 investigation concludes 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 Jaime Clutter suffered from "grandiose delusions" and believed she was being stalked by "demonic presences."

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

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

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 around 5 p.m. March 13. 

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

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

The investigation confirmed  Clutter's husband, Michael Clutter, was at work throughout the entire day.  He is not a suspect.