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July 11, 2013

Deaths of mother, children determined to be an accident

Grand jury finds hypothermia caused deaths

NEW ALBANY —

The unusual deaths of a mother and her two children in a Binford Park creek have been determined to be an accident.

A grand jury met for five days, interviewed 17 witness and concluded there was no criminal wrongdoing in the deaths of Jaime Clutter, 35, and her children, 10-year-old Brandon Clutter and 6-month-old Katelyn Clutter on March 13.

Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson revealed the grand jury’s findings Thursday. He said after all the interviews and investigations, the grand jury found no evidence that Jaime Clutter or her husband Michael had anything to do with the deaths. The Kentucky Medical Examiner concluded the cause of deaths as drownings, and that there was no struggle.

Jaime Clutter and her two children were last seen at about 7 a.m. on March 13 by a friend who stated they were not properly dressed for the cold temperatures when they knocked on her door. Wind chills that day were in the teens, Henderson said.

Henderson also said investigators know Jaime Clutter left her Sheffield Square apartment abruptly for some reason. 

The bodies of the mother and two children were found naked in the water later that day around 5 p.m. Henderson said an expert has stated that a person can become very disoriented and in some cases feel hot due to extreme hypothermia and disrobe .

“Hypothermia played a major role in the actions of Jaime Clutter that morning,” Henderson said in a Thursday news conference at the City-County Building. “We believe the deaths were accidental. There was no evidence of any kind of struggle.”

In May, the New Albany Police Department released its findings that the three drowned, but that “mental illness was the underlying cause of these tragic events,” according to NAPD Chief Sherri Knight. NAPD Detective Carrie East said that Jaime Clutter’s behavior “was concerning” to some witnesses leading up to March 13. She said Clutter was incoherent and delusional. Both Knight and East said Clutter spoke of a “demonic presence.” 

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