Authorities charged Jennifer A. Clarey with a number of criminal murder Tuesday, three weeks after her son was found dead of an apparent drug overdose, according to arrest papers.
(Bucks County District Attorney’s Office)
Pennsylvania woman was on Tuesday arrested after police determined they had killed her 2-year-old son of the last month with an overdose of prescription drugs, authorities said.
Jennifer A. Clarey, 42, was charged with one count of criminal homicide in connection with the death of her son Mazikeen Curtis, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Authorities said Clarey provided Curtis with a lethal dose of Vicodin in his sippy cup Aug. 25, before they try to commit suicide by cutting her wrists in their Tullytown home in Bucks County.
Around 10:05 pm that evening, Bucks County Children and Youth employees stopped by Clarey at home to conduct a wellness check on Curtis, according to a criminal complaint cited by the Petitioner.
The complaint said Clarey appeared “intoxicated” and would not cooperate. The Youth Services Tullytown municipal police, who found the body of the child on the bed. The bed was covered in blood, according to the complaint.
The complaint said the child’s brain condition showed signs consistent with a drug overdose. District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said that he believed the toddler was dead for several hours before the authorities came.
Weintraub said during a press conference that he believed that the child’s death was intentional.
“Plain and simple, this was a murder,” Weintraub said.
Clarey was admitted to the hospital for her wrist injuries, the Inquirer reported. The next day, the researchers found a knife and razor blades caked with blood, an empty prescription bottle for 120 Vicodin pills and an empty 4-ounce bottle of children’s Benadryl in the trash, the Bucks County Courier Times reported.
The researchers said: a man had left the Clarey house of the night of the alleged murder and suicide. When contacted by the police, the man said the child was yet alive, and Clarey was at home when he left the house. It was not immediately clear what the relationship between the man and Clarey or her son was.
Clarey was accused in Briston Court Tuesday afternoon and ordered held without bail, the Petitioner reported.
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