Crime

Mother Smothers Son To Death, Sends Video To Father (Photos)

| by Brendan Kelly

A Pennsylvania mother has been charged for allegedly smothering her 17-month-old son to death and texting video of the body to his father.

Christian Clark, 21, has been charged with criminal homicide in the death of her son, Andre Price III. She is also facing charges of attempted homicide for allegedly trying to kill her 2-year-old daughter.

According to WPXI, Allegheny County police responded to a call at Clark's apartment around 11:40 p.m. on Nov. 1. Officers arrived to find the 2-year-old and Andre inside the apartment.

Police rushed Andre to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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Clark told police that she lived alone with her two children. She said she found Andre lying on an air mattress, unresponsive, in the living room shortly before calling 911.

According to the criminal complaint, Clark had been fighting with Andre's father, who had been at work since 2:30 p.m., because she accused him of cheating on her.

During the investigation, Clark agreed to go to the police department to speak to detectives. Investigators read through Clark's text conversation with the boy's father. The complaint says that the text messages between the two "turn to animus and threats against the children. She was advised the messages included messages stating that she had killed her son and some video messages showed her son's lifeless body."

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"She was sending them before the act, during the act, and following the act as well," Allegheny County Police Superintendent Coleman McDonough said in a statement.

After officers found videos showing Andre's lifeless body, Clark admitted that she had "pressed her son's face into the bedding of the air mattress" for about one minute. According to the complaint, Clark admitted that she was responsible for Andre's death.

Text messages reveal that Clark told the children's father that she attempted to smother her 2-year-old daughter to death, as well.

The final texts from Clark read, "I'm literally going to jail you have a funeral to plan," and, "I really snapped this time."

According to the Daily Mail, Clark is currently being held in the Allegheny County Jail. Her daughter is expected to make a full recovery.

Sources: WPXIDaily Mail / Photo credit: Sean MacEntee/Flickr, Facebook via Daily Mail

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