Police: Mom drowned children, then self in southern Indiana creek

Jaime Clutter suffered from mental problems

NEW ALBANY, Ind. - Police in southern Indiana released the official cause of death of a mother and her two children found in a creek in March 2013.

New Albany police confirmed Friday that Jaime Clutter, 35, drowned her two children, 10-year-old Brandon and 6-month-old Katelyn, then herself, WHAS11 reported. 

Police said Clutter suffered from post-partum psychosis, grandiose delusions and had "demonic concerns," and that hypothermia might have contributed to her actions at the creek in Binford Park.

The details of the case are shedding light on post-partum depression and what can happen when it goes untreated.

Mental health counselor Kimble Richardson said women suffering from post-partum psychosis -- a severe form of post-partum depression -- lose their sense of reality. 

Clutter's husband has maintained his wife didn't show any signs of mental illness, but Richardson said that's unlikely.

"It's possible that she seemed a little better, or someone could be a little better, in the morning versus another time, but someone probably isn't perfectly fine one minute and a couple hours later, psychotic," Richardson said.

Richardson said anyone who thinks they might be suffering from post-partum depression should see a doctor.

For more information on post-partum depression and post-partum psychosis, click here .

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