Man charged for not calling cops as girlfriend texted threats to kill kids
A US man has been arrested on child endangerment charges because he did not 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 of angry text messages.
Andre Price Jr, 23, of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, was detained without bond on two counts - one each for 17-month-old Andre III and two-year-old daughter Angel.
He did not alert authorities even though 21-year-old Christian Clark had sent him videos of his son's limp body amid rants about how she did not love the children and how 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, according to criminal complaints against both defendants.
Allegheny County homicide detectives said Price ignored Clark's texted threats, and did not 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 the child "had a tattoo substantially similar to the tattoo Christian Clark has on her right forearm", the complaint said.
A Facebook caption Price acknowledged posting under that and a similar picture months ago said: "These two pictures she is choking them because was ain't together ...."
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.
The messages listed in the criminal complaint included "Ya kids ain't safe here I don't want them here" and "Answer me or im going to jail for child endangerment".
Then came a message that said "I'm killing them" - followed by a laughing emoji with tears coming from its eyes, police said.
Only after Clark sent a third video showing her picking up the boy's limp body by the arm and tossing him on the bed, did Price ask her to try to revive him, police said.
"Try to wake him up I said hold him," he texted.
"Its okay Im dialing 911," Clark responded.
"You need to if he dead," Price said.