A Pennsylvania mother allegedly smothered her 17-month-old son to death and then texted videos of the boy’s body to his father during a fight.
Christian Clark, 21, has been charged with criminal homicide in the death of Andre Price III.
Clark also faces charges of attempted homicide after allegedly trying to smother her two-year-old daughter Angel.
The mother killed Andre Price III by pressing his face into the bedding of an air mattress in her living room before trying to do the same to Angel on Tuesday, according to police.
Authorities said Clark sent a video around 10pm that showed both children lying face down on the mattress to her boyfriend, Andre Price Jr, during a three-hour fight that took place over text messages.
‘Ah, look Angel is still alive and sweating,’ Clark is heard saying on the video. ‘Your son on the other hand is not even breathing.’
Price, who had left the apartment for work at 2pm, then replied: ‘Send it to the cops post it to [Facebook] idc anymore you ruined my life.’
The messages first began around 8.25pm that night, when Clark accused Price of cheating on her, according to the police affidavit.
She then began to tell him that she didn’t want the children at her apartment as her texts becoming more and more hostile.
‘Ya kids ain’t safe here,’ she wrote in one text. ‘I don’t want them here. Answer me or I’m going to jail for child endangerment.’
Then at 10.01pm Clark told Price: ‘I’m killing them’, adding the emoji face that is laughing so hard it has tears coming out of its eyes.
Clark then sent Price pictures of both of the children face down on the mattress, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
‘I wasn’t even gonna send you videos but pretty sure ya son is legit dead,’ she wrote, the affidavit states.
‘I’m going to jail either way,’ she then adds, ‘Hope it was worth it.’
Authorities said Price rarely responded during the entire exchange, at one point telling Clark he wasn’t coming to the house and to ‘leave them alone’.
But just after 11pm, when Clark texted Price ‘I really snapped this time’, he told her to try and wake their son up.
‘I said hold him,’ Price texted her.
‘It’s okay I’m dialing 911,’ she wrote.
‘You need to if he dead,’ Price then replied.
‘I am,’ Clark responded. ‘Sorry I did this. I didn’t mean to.’
Andre III was unresponsive when police arrived at Clark’s McKeesport apartment building around 11.13pm that night.
He was transported to a nearby hospital and was pronounced dead at 11.40pm.
Clark initially told investigators that her son was healthy and had no known medical conditions, according to WPXI.
She said she had found Andre III lying unresponsive on the air mattress in the living room.
When detectives saw the text messages and videos showing Andre III’s ‘lifeless body’ on Price’s cell phone, Clark’s story began to change.
The mother told investigators she had pressed the boy’s face ‘into the bedding of the air mattress’ for one minute, according to the affidavit.
Authorities said Clark then admitted she was ‘responsible for the child’s death’.
Clark is currently in the Allegheny County Jail. Her daughter, Angel, is expected to be okay.