A Pennsylvania woman facing charges of killing her toddler son reportedly sent a video of the dead child to his father during the course of a text argument on Tuesday.
Christian Clark, 21, from McKeesport, Pennsylvania, is being held in Allegheny County Jail without bond in connection with thecriminal homicide of 17-month-old Andre Price III and attempted homicide of his 2-year-old sister, Angel, according to police reports.
Clark sent Andre Price Jr. photos of the childrenon an air mattress with the boy’s face buried in a comforter and a message, “I’m killing them” followed by a laughing emoji with tears coming out of its eyes.
Clark sent the first video at 10:14 p.m. with the message: “I wasn’t even gonna send you videos but pretty sure ya son is legit dead so…im going to jail either way hope it was worth it.”
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“Ahh, look, Angel is still alive and sweating your son on the other hand is not even breathing,” Clark said on the first video, according to police documents. “I wish I could keep the camera still.”
Price replied: “Send it to the cops post it to fb idc anymore you ruined my life,”Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
Clark started the two-hour text war with the child’s father around 8:25 p.m. on Tuesday complaining about toilet water the children spilled that Clark had to clean. However, the major issue upsetting Clark was that she believed Price was stepping out on her,Philly.com reported.
Another video showed Clark grabbing the girl’s head, making her cry, according to reports. When Clark grabbed the boy’s head, he did not move.
“First of all she is clearly fine, because watch, see she is not dead,” Clark said in the video, according to the Post-Gazette. “Him on the other hand, he doesn’t budge. So you might want to call the ambulance.
“All cus you wanted to go [have sex with] her & come here when you like.”
Police said Clark later admitted to smothering the boy by holding him face down on the air mattress for a minute after being confronted with the texts and videos.
“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 texted.
Clark sent Price dozens of texts prior to the videos, including, “Ya kids ain’t safe here I don’t want them here” and “Answer me or im going to jail for child endangerment,”ABC7 reported.
Price responded to the texts only six times, Philly.com reported. One time, Price replied thathe would take the first bus home, but many of the texts from Clark went unanswered. When Clark sent a third video at 11:09 p.m. which showed her picking up the boy’s lifeless body and throwing him on the bed, Price asked Clark to try to revive him.
“Try to wake him up I said hold him,” he texted at 11:10 p.m.
“Its okay Im dialing 911,” Clark responded.
“You need to if he dead,” Price said.
Clark called 911 at 11:13 p.m. and reported that a child was unresponsive, Philly.com reported.
County police Superintendent Coleman McDonough said authorities don’t expect to file charges against Price, who lived with Clark sometimes, but that the investigation is ongoing.
“It just goes to show how texts have become such a routine part of our lives that people don’t even realize the nature of what they’re communicating,” McDonough said, Philly.com reported.