Bucks County woman gets 25 to 50 years for poisoning her 2-year-old son

Jim Melwert
August 06, 2019 - 12:07 pm
Jennifer Clarey has been charged with poisoning her son in their Tullytown home.

Bucks County District Attorney's Office

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DOYLESTOWN Pa. (KYW Newsrardio) — The Bucks County woman who killed her 2-year-old son by poisoning his sippy-cup with drugs has worked out an agreement with prosecutors that will put her in state prison for up to 50 years. 

Jennifer Clarey, 43, pleaded no contest to third-degree murder and endangering the welfare of a child in the death of her son Mazikeen Curtis. The no-contest plea means she isn't admitting she did it, but she's accepting prosecutors had enough evidence to convict her if her case went to trial.

Accepting the plea deal, which will put Clarey behind bars for 25 to 50 years, Bucks County Judge Clyde Waite told her she was supposed to protect her 2-year-old son, but instead she was reckless, thoughtless, and selfish.

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"As she stated or her attorney stated on the record, there were some mental health aspects," prosecutor Matt Lannetti said. "Obviously the family played a big role in how to resolve the case. There are a lot of things that go into it, but those are certainly two of them."

Her attorney says she was under significant stress, because she was about to be evicted from her Tullytown home.

Children and Youth Services was called to check on her in August 2018. She was found in a bed with her 2-year-old. Police say he was cold to the touch, and she was bleeding from self-inflicted wounds.

They found an empty bottle of children's Benedryl in a trash can and an empty 120-count bottle of Vicodin pills that had been filled seven days earlier. The medical examiner says the boy died of fatal doses of the drugs.

Linnetti said the child will never get to live out his life or, "as the judge said, 'fulfill his potential,' and so our goal is to get as much justice as we can, and we think the way this ended up, we did that."

Clarey's attorney says she entered the no-contest plea because the charges are so emotional.