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Father Also Charged Now in Connection With Toddler's Death

By Submitted Report
The Tube City Almanac
November 03, 2016
Posted in: Crime and Police News

The father of a 17-month-old boy who died in Hi View Gardens on Tuesday night has now been charged in connection with the death.

Andre Price Jr., 23, of McKeesport was arrested by Allegheny County Police detectives on Thursday and charged with two felony counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Police previously charged his estranged girlfriend, Christian Clark, 21, with smothering to death their child, Andre Price III, and attempting to smother their 2-year-old daughter.

Andre Price Jr. is currently being held in Allegheny County Jail pending formal arraignment, said Allegheny County police Lt. Andrew Schurman. A preliminary hearing on the charges is scheduled for 1 p.m. Nov. 14 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi Jr. in McKeesport.

Clark was arraigned Wednesday afternoon by Magisterial District Judge James J. Hanley Jr. and denied bail. She remains in Allegheny County Jail.

A preliminary hearing on charges of homicide and attempted homicide is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Nov. 16 before Allegheny County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Manning.

Police said Thursday night that on at least one prior occasion, Clark harmed the children --- or threatened to harm them --- and sent photos of the abuse to Price.

On the night of the alleged homicide, police said, Clark and Price were communicating back and forth via text messages. Over the course of more than two hours, police said, Clark sent Price photos and videos of the children in distress, along with several text messages threatening to kill the children.

Police said Price made no efforts to intervene or send police or paramedics to Clark's apartment.

Officials said that after hours of the suspected abuse, Andre Price III stopped breathing just after 11 p.m. Tuesday, and Clark dialed 9-1-1. When paramedics and police arrived, they found the toddler unresponsive. He was rushed to UPMC McKeesport hospital where he was pronounced dead less than a half-hour later.

On Thursday, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner ruled the child's death a homicide, and that he died from asphyxiation.

Originally published November 03, 2016.

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