Angry at her boyfriend for his suspected infidelities, a 21-year-old Pennsylvania woman allegedly threatened Tuesday, in a series of irate texts, to kill the couple’s two small children — and then tried to make good on her promise.
Christian Clark has been charged with murder for the smothering death of her 17-month-old son and attempted murder for trying to kill her 2-year-old daughter, according to a criminal complaint obtained by PEOPLE.
The complaint accuses Clark of hours of erratic behavior in which she threatened her young children and then killed one of them during a nearly constant stream of text messages to her boyfriend — berating and taunting him, before ultimately apologizing.
In one message Tuesday night, she allegedly wrote, “Im killing them” and included a laughing emoji with tears coming out of its eyes.
Police say the text messages continued an argument Clark and her boyfriend had had hours earlier. She allegedly texted him for more than two hours that night, warning him that his children’s lives were at risk.
She accused him of cheating on her, and her texts demanded he return to their home or, “Ima ruin both our lives.”
Clark’s text messages also implored her boyfriend to come clean about his alleged cheating. At one point, she allegedly blamed her son’s death on her boyfriend: “Andre is dead cus daddy couldn’t tell the truth.”
In another text, according to the complaint, Clark told her boyfriend he’d “better pray for your kids” — while a third text warned she would “take what you love.”
At different points, Clark texted photos of each child to her boyfriend, police allege. One photo showed the son laying on an air mattress with his face in a comforter.
Police allege Clark also texted videos to her boyfriend. One allegedly showed their son’s lifeless body, face-down on a bed. In the clip, Clark was allegedly heard saying, “Ah, look … Angel is still alive and sweating. Your son on the other hand is not even breathing.”
According to police, a second video featured both children: The daughter was heard crying as Clark said, “First of all, she is clearly fine, because watch … see she is not dead.”
The criminal complaint alleges that Clark was seen in the video grabbing her daughter’s head. “Him on the other hand, he doesn’t budge,” Clark allegedly said in the clip, lifting up her son’s limp head, according to police. “So you might want to call the ambulance.”
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‘Sorry I Did This … I Didn’t Mean to’
A text allegedly said the boyfriend can “make new kids” with the woman he was cheating with and explained “it was easy to kill my favorite but your b—- of a daughter just wouldn’t stop breathing…lungs must be strong af.”
In other messages, Clark allegedly asked her boyfriend if it was “easier planning your child’s funeral or telling your babies mom you didn’t want to be around her.”
The criminal complaint alleges her last text read, “Sorry I did this. I stg I didn’t mean to.”
Soon after that last text was sent, Clark called 911, and police arrived at her McKeesport home to find her son unresponsive. Paramedics transported him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Clark’s daughter was treated at an area hospital but suffered only minor injuries.
The criminal complaint alleges Clark told police she had smothered the boy by holding him facedown on the air mattress for about a minute.
“Im sure it’ll hurt me one 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,” Clark allegedly texted.
Clark’s boyfriend only responded six times to the 58 messages she’d sent during their two-and-a-half hour exchange, according to the criminal complaint.
Clark is being held without bail in the Allegheny County jail on charges on criminal homicide and attempted homicide. A preliminary hearing in the case has been scheduled for Nov. 16.
Clark has yet to enter a plea to the charges against her, and it was unclear if she has retained an attorney.