Paris Clark-Wilcox was found unresponsive and not breathing at her mother's Antioch home back in July

By Chris Harris
April 22, 2021 04:21 PM
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Prestina Clark-Wilcox
Prestina Clark-Wilcox
| Credit: Metro Nashville Police Department

More than eight months after her 3-year-old daughter died from acute fentanyl intoxication, authorities in Nashville have charged Prestina Clark-Wilcox with the child's murder.

PEOPLE confirms the 24-year-old mother surrendered to police after a grand jury returned a first-degree murder indictment against her. Grand jurors also charged her with aggravated child neglect and aggravated child endangerment.

The charges were announced on Wednesday.

Paris Clark-Wilcox was found unresponsive and not breathing at her mother's Antioch home back in July, according to a statement from Nashville Metro Police.

Clark-Wilcox and her boyfriend transported Paris to a Smyrna hospital, where she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

"The investigation, led by Youth Services Detective John Grubbs, determined that Prestina Clark-Wilcox was addicted to illegal drugs," reads the statement. 

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"A small plastic bag containing a white rock that tested positive for cocaine was found in Prestina Clark-Wilcox's bed when officers arrived to check the home after Paris' death," the statement continues.  "It is believed that the child ingested her mother's illegal drugs."

Clark-Wilcox is being held on $250,000 bond.

She has not yet entered a plea to the charges against her. It is unclear whether she has retained an attorney authorized to speak on her behalf.