A Pennsylvania mother was charged with criminal homicide after she placed prescription painkillers in her 2-year-old son’s sippy cup.
According to the New York Post, 42-year-old Jennifer A. Clarey was charged Tuesday for the death of her son Mazikeen Curtis. The toddler was found dead by police during a scheduled wellness check on Aug. 25 and authorities also discovered Clarey with self-inflicted cuts on her wrists. A medical examiner reported that Curtis’ brain appeared swollen and concluded that he died of an apparent overdose.
The toxicology report results showed that the toddler’s blood contained high levels of hydrocodone, an ingredient found in Vicodin, and diphenhydramine.
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During an investigation, authorities found an empty bottle of Benadryl in Clarey’s Tullytown home and an empty bottle that contained 120 Vicodin pills. The Vicodin pills were prescribed to Clarey a week prior to her son’s death. The bottles had childproof caps and Mazikeen’s medical history did not indicate that he needed any medication.
Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub stated that a motive was not clear but he believes Clarey planned to kill her son.
“Plain and simple, this was a murder, and the weapon was the pills that came from this bottle.”
“And whether it was premeditated or not, that will be determined at trial,”
Clarey was denied bail after her arraignment on Tuesday and she is currently being held at the Bucks County Correctional Facility.