Mother charged with murder after 3-year-old daughter ate her cocaine, police say

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Apr. 22 2021, Updated 12:58 p.m. ET

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A 3-year-old ate a mom's drug stash and died, police say. Now, the 24-year-old woman faces a murder charge in connection to her daughter's death. 

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Nashville Metro police charged Prestina Clark-Wilcox, 24, with first-degree felony murder in her daughter’s death, police said in a news release.

In July 2020, Clark-Wilcox’s daughter Paris was found unresponsive and not breathing in her mother’s home.

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Her mother and her boyfriend took Paris to the hospital, where the child was pronounced dead, according to police.

The medical examiner found that Paris had died of acute fentanyl intoxication. Investigators claim that Clark-Wilcox was addicted to illegal drugs. 

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A small plastic bag containing a white rock was found in Clark-Wilcox’s bed when officers arrived at the scene. It later tested positive for cocaine, according to Nashville police. Officers believe the toddler ingested the drugs.

Clark-Wilcox surrendered to police on April 20 at the Downtown Detention Center on a grand jury indictment.

Clark-Wilcox was also charged with aggravated child neglect and aggravated child endangerment. Her bond was set at $250,000.

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