A Nevada man accused of throwing his baby over a balcony, setting an apartment on fire, and killing the family dog has been identified, according to officials.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the father, identified as Clarence Martin Jr., allegedly threw his 2-month-old daughter from a 2nd-floor apartment home in Las Vegas on Saturday. The incident happened a little after 4 a.m., according to Metropolitan Police Department homicide Lt. Ray Spencer.
Responding officers found the baby’s mother cradling the little girl in the parking lot when they arrived. The infant was later pronounced dead at St. Rose Hospital and Medical Center.
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Spencer said detectives believe the man and woman were arguing when the father “grabbed the child from the mother, walked outside and threw the baby from the second story balcony onto the asphalt below.”
Afterward, Martin Jr. allegedly set the apartment on fire and drove away. He was then involved in a hit-and-run accident “directly in front of the apartment complex,” Spencer said.
The suspect was involved in a second crash that police described as a rollover on Interstate 215 near the airport exit. He reportedly abandoned the car and ran into the airport, where he was captured after a chase.
Martin Jr. is also accused of killing the family dog when setting the apartment on fire, according to KNXT News Talk.
Spencer said Martin Jr. was taken to University Medical Center for treatment for injuries from the crashes and for an evaluation for drug use. He has since been charged with murder, arson, battery, and animal abuse.
Martin Jr. is expected to make his first court appearance on Tuesday.
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