Grand jury rules bizarre drowning of woman, two children accidental

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NEW ALBANY – A grand jury determined that the deaths of a southern Indiana woman and her two children found naked in a creek were accidental.

Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson said the grand jury met for five days before coming to that conclusion. In March, the bodies of 35-year-old Jaime Clutter, 10-year-old Brandon Clutter and 6-month-old Katelyn Clutter were found in a shallow creek in a New Albany park.

Henderson said they became disoriented because of hypothermia; the temperature outside was about 30 degrees with a wind chill of 18 degrees. All three had removed their clothing, and Henderson said an expert testified that hypothermia can bring about disorientation, causing some victims to disrobe. Investigators said there were no signs of a struggle.

Henderson admitted that the circumstances behind the deaths were bizarre, but said there was no criminal wrongdoing.

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