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Mother pleads no contest in 17-month-old boy’s 2016 death

April 8, 2019

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A mother accused of killing her 17-month-old son and then sending the boy’s father videos of abuse has pleaded no contest to homicide and attempted homicide charges.

Twenty-four-year-old Christian Clark of McKeesport entered the pleas Monday, the day jury selection was scheduled for her trial. She will face a mandatory life term without possibility of parole.

Allegheny County prosecutors earlier said they would seek the death penalty in the case but rescinded that notification Monday.

Clark charged in the November 2016 death of Andre Price III and was also accused of threatening the life of the boy’s 2-year-old sister.

During hours of angry texts, investigators said, she sent pictures and graphic videos of abuse to the boy’s father, who was charged with child endangerment.

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This story has been corrected to note the defendant’s age is 24 rather than 21.