DA: Pennsylvania mother accused of murdering toddler by putting Vicodin in sippy cup
TULLYTOWN, Penn. - A Pennsylvania mother is accused of killing her 2-year-old son with a lethal dose of Vicodin and Benadryl.
According to the Bucks County District Attorney, Jennifer A. Clarey, 42, was arraigned Tuesday afternoon. She’s being held without bail on a murder charge.
Investigators first responded to the incident on Aug. 25 after Bucks County Children and Youth workers had tried to conduct a well-being check at Clarey’s house in Tullytown around 10 p.m. and found her uncooperative and apparently intoxicated.
When law enforcement entered the home around 10:30 a.m., they found the 2-year-old, Mazikeen Curtis, lying dead on a bed in their home. The district attorney said the child had been deceased for “a number of hours.”
Clarey was lying next to him on the bed, bleeding heavily from what investigators believe were self-inflicted cuts to her wrists, according to a probable cause affidavit. She was taken to a hospital and survived her injuries.
Investigators say it wasn’t initially apparent how the boy died. A medical examiner said the toddler’s brain was “swollen and dusky,” according to the court document. This can indicate an overdose.
A toxicology report released on Sept. 10 showed narcotics from Vicodin and Benadryl were in the boy’s system. The levels were high enough to kill him.
Investigators found an empty bottle of Benadryl inside the home and a prescription bottle for Vicodin pills. Both bottles had childproof caps, according to the district attorney.
Officials say the toddler was never prescribed Vicodin.
On Sept. 13, police received results of tests done on a child’s sippy cup found at the home. The tests showed the cup’s contents tested positive for hydrocodone, according to the affidavit.