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Panel finds deaths of Ind. mom, 2 kids accidental

Thursday - 7/11/2013, 12:50pm  ET

Associated Press

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) -- A southern Indiana prosecutor says a woman and her two young children whose naked bodies were found in a shallow creek in March drowned after suffering disorientation caused by hypothermia.

Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson said Thursday a grand jury met for five days and concluded the deaths of 35-year-old Jaime Clutter, 10-year-old Brandon Clutter and 6-month-old Katelyn Clutter were accidental.

Henderson says an expert testified that people can become disoriented and even disrobe in cases of hypothermia. The temperature was about 30 degrees with a wind chill of 18 degrees when the bodies were found March 13 at Binford Park in New Albany.

Henderson acknowledges the circumstances are "bizarre" but says there is no evidence the deaths were part of a religious rite or that anyone else was involved.

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