A Pennsylvania mother has been arrested and charged after she killed her 17-month-old son, then sent a video message of the boyâ€™s body to his father during an argument.
21-year-old Christian Clark has been arraigned for the murder of 17-month-old Andre Price III, as well as the attempted murder of his two-year-old sister, Angel.
Ms. Clark was arguing with the boyâ€™s father, Andre Price Jr., for over two hours via text messaging when she started sending increasingly violent messages starting at around 9 p.m. Tuesday. She was reportedly upset at having to clean up toilet water that the children had spilled, and because she believed Mr. Price had left for work earlier in the day to have sex with another woman.
Two of the dozens of texts sent to Mr. Price were â€œYa kids ainâ€™t safe here I donâ€™t want them hereâ€ and â€œAnswer me or im going to jail for child endangermentâ€ [sic]. But at 10:01 p.m., she sent the most disturbing one: â€œIâ€™m killing them,â€ which had a laughing-til-it-cried emoji.
At 10:14 p.m., she sent the first video. It showed the two kids lying face-down. She narrated it with, â€œAhh, 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.â€
At 10:19 p.m., she sent another video which showed her grabbing Angelâ€™s head, causing the girl to cry. When she grabbed little Andreâ€™s head, he didnâ€™t respond at all.
She says in this video, â€œFirst of all, she is clearly fine, because watch, see she is not dead. Him, on the other hand, he doesnâ€™t budge. So you might want to call the ambulance.â€ One minute later, she texted, â€œAll cus you wanted to go (have sex with) her & come here when you like.â€
At 10:23 p.m. she admitted to being responsible for the innocent toddlerâ€™s death, with, â€œIm sure itâ€™ll hurt me one im sitting in jail & you got all the evidence you need to I canâ€™t even say he suffocated in his sleep or say idk what happened.â€ [sic]
During the entire back-and-forth, Mr. Price only replied six times. At one point, he promised to take a bus home, but at other times seemed to ignore Clarkâ€™s threats to his kids. But at 11:09 p.m., when she sent a video of her picking up the boyâ€™s limp body by the arm and throwing him on the bed, Price asked her to try to revive him.
â€œTry to wake him up I said hold him,â€ he texted at 11:10 p.m.
â€œIts okay Im dialing 911,â€ Clark replied.
â€œYou need to if he dead,â€ Price said.
No charges are expected to be filed against Mr. Price, but it hasnâ€™t been ruled out, as the investigation is ongoing.
Ms. Clark denied killing the young boy until police interviewed her again at their headquarters and told her theyâ€™d seen Priceâ€™s phone and everything sheâ€™d sent.â€œ She then admitted sheâ€™d smothered the boy by holding him face-down on the air mattress for about a minute.