On Tuesday evening, a McKeesport, Pennsylvania, woman was arrested and charged with criminal homicide in the death of her son, 17-month-old Andre Price III, and the attempted homicide of his 2-year-old sister, Angel, reported the NY Post.
Christian Clark, 21, reportedly killed her toddler son and sent a video of the boy’s body to his father. This happened during a text message argument that lasted more than two hours, police said in a criminal complaint.
“The text messages indicated there was an ongoing argument between her and the child’s father through the course of the evening. She was angry," said Allegheny County Police Supt. Coleman McDonough in a press conference. “She suspected him of some romantic involvement. It’s quite an exchange. It’s pages and pages of texts.”
Around 9 p.m., Clark sent violent text messages to the boy’s father, Andre Price Jr. The complaint reported that Clark was upset about having to clean up toilet water the children spilled. However, most of the anger came from Clark’s assumption that Price planned to have sex with another woman when he left for work, said Allegheny County homicide detectives.
Clark sent dozens of messages that read, “Ya kids ain’t safe here I don’t want them here” and “Answer me or im going to jail for child endangerment.”
Finally, at 10:01 p.m., Clark sent a message that read, “I’m killing them,” followed by a laughing emoji with tears coming from its eyes, police said.
She also sent photos of each child — including one of the 17-month-old boy lying face down on an air mattress.
Clark then sent a video showing the children lying face down while she narrated, “Ahh look. Angel is still alive and sweating. Your son, on the other hand, is not even breathing. I wish I could keep the camera still.”
Police say that at 10:23 p.m., Clark acknowledged that she was responsible for the boy’s death. She later admitted to smothering the boy by holding him face down on the air mattress for about a minute, police said.
“Im sure it’ll hurt me one im sitting in jail & you got all the evidence you need to I can’t even say he suffocated in his sleep or say idk what happened,” Clark messaged Price.
“Try to wake him up I said hold him,” Price texted.
“Its okay Im dialing 911,” Clark responded.
“You need to if he dead,” Price replied.
County police Superintendent Coleman McDonough said authorities did not expect to file any charges against Price, but the investigation is continuing.
When homicide detectives first interviewed Clark, she denied harming the boy until police interviewed her again at their Pittsburgh headquarters and told her they had seen Price’s phone and the texts and images she sent.
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