GALLATIN — A psychiatrist testified Friday that a woman charged in the deaths of her newborn twins did not know she was pregnant and suffered from shock from blood loss when she gave birth on a toilet.
Dr. William Kenner told jurors that Lindsey Lowe felt sick and thought she was going to die, but didn't realize she had given birth until she reached down and felt an ear.
Kenner said Lowe, who is now 26, fell to the floor afterward, hit her head on the floor and lapsed in and out of consciousness. He said she had all the symptoms of shock caused by massive blood loss — feeling dizzy, blacking out and hyperventilating. Kenner has maintained that Lowe lacked the capacity to commit premeditated murder.
Lowe faces two counts of premeditated murder in the trial, which began Monday.
But during cross-examination, Sumner County District Attorney General Ray Whitley asked Dr. Kenner if he was aware that in the days before Lowe gave birth, her iPhone was used to search the Internet on how to induce labor. Whitley said investigators found that the Internet searches also included a search for videos of pregnant women having sex and pregnant women and doctor's porn.
"Did you know that?" Whitley asked about the Google searches that were discovered after Lowe was arrested. Kenner said he did know, but he still maintained that Lowe would have suffered from shock and delirium after giving birth. Kenner conceded that he did not know how much blood Lowe lost.
Kenner and Nashville psychologist Pamela Auble testified that at times, Lowe would question whether she was pregnant, but then she would block that possibility out of her mind. They both said Lowe's mental state would have been profoundly affected by the pain of giving birth to twins without medical assistance and by the blood loss and hormonal imbalance.
Afterward, prosecutors asked them to explain how Lowe was able to muster the presence of mind to clean up the bathroom where she gave birth, hide all the evidence and text her boss to call in sick that day.
The two dead babies were discovered in a laundry basket in the Lowe family's two-story home in an upper-middle-class neighborhood in Hendersonville, about 20 miles northeast of Nashville. Lowe told police that she gave birth to the twin boys in the bathroom of her parents' home on the night of Sept. 12, 2011, and smothered them so her parents would not hear their cries. The parents found one of the babies two days later and called police.
Prosecutors have maintained that Lowe never wanted the babies because they would have interfered with her plans for her life. They pointed out that Lowe was engaged to her college sweetheart, yet was pregnant by another man.
Sumner County Criminal Court Judge Dee David Gay told jurors that the case could wrap up as soon as Monday.