Horrific text messages were sent to Andre Price Jr. from his son’s mother. Christian Clark killed her son because she thought he was cheating on her.
Christian smothered her 17-month-old son, Andre Price III, to death on November 1, 2016 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. She smothered him against the bedding of an air mattress until he stopped breathing. Christian also attempted to kill her 2-year-old daughter by holding her face against a pillow.
Her daughter was evaluated and released. She now is with adoptive parents. Christian had pleaded no contest to the charges of homicide and attempted homicide. That means she accepted the prosecution’s evidence against her but did not admit guilt. Then she pleaded guilty to three additional counts of child endangerment and aggravated assault related to months of abuse against both children, rior to Andre III’s death.
Christian berated Andre through a long string of text messages. She said that he needed to admit to his infidelities if he didn’t want his children to be killed. After trying to smother both of them, she then texted Andre photos and videos of the children. One of which featured their son lying lifeless and facedown on a bed.
She blamed the little boy’s death on Andre. She texted him, “Andre is dead cus daddy couldn’t tell the truth.” In another message, she told her boyfriend to go “make new kids” with the woman he was allegedly cheating on her with. Christian sa “it was easy to kill my favorite but your b*tch of a daughter just wouldn’t stop breathing… lungs must be strong af.”
Paramedics were called and they quickly arrived on the scene and rushed the 17-month-old boy to the hospital. He was pronounced dead on arrival.
Andre Price, Jr. Is Sentenced
Andre Price Jr., the biological father of both children, never contacted authorities. Even after Christian sent him the video of his son’s lifeless body. He has been charged with endangering the welfare of children.
Andre was sentenced on July 29, 2019 to 11 to 23 months behind bars or possible alternative housing and four years of probation. He was convicted for not telling police his girlfriend was abusing their toddler.
Text Messages Read In Trial
Prosecutors recited text messages and played videos from Christian’s cellphone captured that night that showed an argument with her boyfriend quickly escalating into threats to murder both children.
“I’m killing them,” Christian wrote in a 10:01 p.m. text message that night.
She included a laughing emoji with tears coming out of its eyes in that text.
About 10 minutes later, Christian sent photos showing both children lying face down. The daughter’s face was resting on a pillow, and the son’s face was against a comforter. She then sent a video, in which she tells Andre that his daughter “Ah, look … Angel is still alive and sweating. Your son on the other hand is not even breathing.”
A second video features both children. he daughter can be heard crying as Christian says, “First of all, she is clearly fine, because watch … see she is not dead.” The criminal complaint alleges that Christian can be seen grabbing her daughter’s head in the video and announcing that their son is limp. “Him on the other hand, he doesn’t budge,” Christian said.
“So you might want to call the ambulance,” Christian said on the video.
Her final text messages showed slight remorse. “Sorry I did this. I didn’t mean to.”
Christian appeared in court to hear her fate with her hands cuffed and locked to a belt around her waist. She stood before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Edward J. Borkowski with her head down. She did not speak other than telling the judge that she understood the terms of her pleas.
As Deputy District Attorney Jennifer DiGiovanni recounted the text exchanges between Christian and her boyfriend, Christian bent down to her waist.
Incriminating Videos in Earlier Text Messages
As a television screen was prepped to display several of the videos, the judge told Christian that she could have a seat.
“The prevailing theme of the messages is Christian stating that she never wanted to have kids and that she only had them because Andre Jr. begged her to and that he told her that they would be together,” DiGiovanni said. “Christian believed that Andre Jr. was constantly cheating on her and lying to her so that he could be with other women. In retaliation for Andre Jr.’s alleged conduct, Christian then threatens to harm the children or actually harms the children.”
Multiple videos between February and October show Christian choking and smothering both children.
In a video taken two nearly two months before Andre III was suffocated, he can be seen sleeping on his stomach on the floor.
Christian, while filming on her phone, lifts her foot and stomps on him multiple times, causing the child to wake, cry and scream. Two minutes later, in a separate video, Christian can be seen sitting on top of Andre on a couch while his legs flail and hands shake beneath the weight of her body, and she continues recording until his body goes limp.
While each video played in court, Christian sat quietly, her back turned to the television screen. She hunched over and cried as a former attorney of hers sat down beside her and held her hands.
Christian Recieves Her Sentence
On July 11, 2019, Christian Clark was sentenced to life without parole, plus an additional 7-14 years. She avoided the death penalty after agreeing to a plea deal in April 2019.