Woman Kills Child Over Cheating Boyfriend
A 21-year-old Pennsylvania woman murdered one of her children and attempted to kill the other after assuming her boyfriend, who is also the children’s father, was cheating, Washington Post reports.
On Wednesday, Christian Clark was charged with killing 17-month-old Andre Price III. Her daughter, Angel, 2, survived.
“Ya kids ain’t safe here I don’t want them here,” read one text, later followed by, “So you better pray for your kids.”
That’s the text message Clark sent to her children’s father before fatally killing Andre III.
“She was sending [messages] before the act, at the time of the act and following the act,” Allegheny County Police Superintendent Coleman McDonough said.
Officials say Clark and her children’s father, Andre Price Jr., sometimes lived together in McKeesport, Pa., a town that rest just outside of Pittsburgh. The couple had been together earlier Tuesday, but Price had left for work around 2:30 p.m., officials say.
The children remained with Clark. By 8:25 p.m., Clark wondered why Price Jr. hadn’t returned home. In a text message, she accused him of “cheating on her with another woman” police wrote in an affadavit.
The text messages grew more and more threatening in nature as the night progressed. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette obtained a transcript of the messages:
“Ya kids ain’t safe here I don’t want them here.”
“So you better pray for your kids.”
“Answer me or im going to jail for child endangerment.”
“Ima kill them watch.”
During an interview with law enforcement officials, Clark said when “one of the children took a block, filled it with toilet water and poured it on the floor,” she further grew enraged.
Price responded around 9:19 p.m. He told Clark that he wouldn’t be coming back to the house. He also told her to leave the kids alone, but this only seemed to intensify the texts messages.
“I’m killing them,” read a text to Price Jr. Price Jr. then told Clark, “I’ll get [off] the last bus for you okay,” he was again accused of cheating.
Then he received the first picture. It showed 2-year-old Angel on a bed with a pillow covering her small face. A second gut-wrenching photo showed Andre III lying face down on an air mattress with his face buried in the comforter.
“I don’t love them,” the text said. Price Jr. stopped responding at that point. He then began to receive videos showing the kids lying in the bed. The next one showed Clark roughly grabbing her children, with Angel sobbing as Clark grabbed her by the head. Andre III didn’t move at all.
Instead, he just hung limply.
“First of all she is clearly fine, because watch, see she is not dead,” Clark said in the video. “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,” she sent minutes later.
Price Jr. then replied, “I’m just not going to reply no more if you wanna go to jail you know what to do.”
Then Clark sent back, “Lol guess he’ll be in here rotting away.”
At some point, Clark admitted to smothering Andre III to death by shoving his head into the air mattress for a full minute.
“Im sure it’ll hurt me once 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,” a text from Clark’s phone to Price Jr. said. The texts ended around 11 p.m.
“It’s okay im dialing 911,” said a text from Clark’s phone.
“You need to if he dead,” Price Jr. texted.
“I am,” was the response, adding. “Sorry I did this … i didn’t mean to.”
Clark called 911 soon after and an ambulance took both children to UPMC McKeesport. According to officials, Angel was in fine health.
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.
No charges are expected to be leveled against Price Jr., but the investigation is continuing.
Clark is currently being held at the Allegheny County Jail without bond. She has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 16.