Dad who got video of life­less son charged with en­dan­ger­ment

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS - By Joe Man­dak

PITTS­BURGH >> A Penn­syl­va­nia man was ar­rested on child en­dan­ger­ment charges be­cause he didn’t call 911 af­ter the mother of his two chil­dren threat­ened to kill them and sent him videos of his son’s life­less body dur­ing two hours’ worth of an­gry text mes­sages, po­lice said.

An­dre Price Jr., 23, of McKeesport, was jailed with­out bond early Fri­day on two counts — one each for 17-month-old An­dre III, and a 2-year-old daugh­ter, An­gel.

The McKeesport man didn’t alert au­thor­i­ties even though 21-year-old Chris­tian Clark sent him videos of his son’s limp body Tues­day night amid rants about how she didn’t love the chil­dren and say­ing the chil­dren and Price had ru­ined her life. The texts in­di­cate she was an­gry with Price for not re­turn­ing home from work and ac­cused him of go­ing to have sex with an­other woman in­stead, ac­cord­ing to crim­i­nal com­plaints against both de­fen­dants.

But Al­legheny County homi­cide de­tec­tives said Price not only ig­nored Clark’s texted threats on Tues­day, he didn’t alert au­thor­i­ties pre­vi­ously when Clark texted him other pic­tures of her hold­ing the chil­dren by the throat — and that Price even posted those to Face­book. One pic­ture showed an in­fant “ob­vi­ously dis­tressed and cry­ing” be­ing dan­gled in the air by its throat. The arm of the adult hold­ing that child “had a tat­too sub­stan­tially sim­i­lar to the tat­too Chris­tian Clark has on her right fore­arm,” though the adult’s face can’t be seen in the pic­ture, the com­plaint said.

A Face­book cap­tion Price ac­knowl­edged post­ing un­der that and a sim­i­lar pic­ture months ago says, “These two pic­tures she is chok­ing them be­cause was (sic) ain’t to­gether .... ”

“Price stated that Clark was chok­ing the chil­dren be­cause he and Clark were not to­gether” when those pho­tos were taken, po­lice said. Price told po­lice Clark had texted him the chok­ing pho­tos a few months be­fore his son’s first birth­day, and that he posted them on Face­book at that time.

Clark al­legedly texted pho­tos and three videos of Price’s son on Tues­day, among threats to harm them.

“Ya kids ain’t safe here I don’t want them here” and “An­swer me or im go­ing to jail for child en­dan­ger­ment” were two of the dozens of texts listed in the crim­i­nal com­plaint. Then came a mes­sage at 10:01 p.m. that said, “I’m killing them” — fol­lowed by a laugh­ing emoji with tears com­ing from its eyes, po­lice said.

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