UPDATE: Mother says father threatened to kill her if she stopped him from suffocating child

UPDATE FEB. 13: The mother of 2-month-old Cleo Ballew, the victim in this situation, spoke out about the events that led to the child's death.

According to her statement to police, she had been dating Cash Bellew for 6 years and together the couple had a 2-month-old daughter Cleo. They had recently moved from Illinois to Nevada and was staying near Fremont and 9th streets.

Around 1 a.m. on Feb. 5, the couple and the child took a trip to a dispensary within walking distance to purchase marijuana. They returned to the motel afterward and fed the child a 4-ounce bottle of formula. The mother then placed the child in a Pak-n-Play and left the room to clean the bottle. At this time Cash was attempting to "roll a blunt" next to the bed and became irritated with the child's cries. When the mother returned to the room she began arguing with Cash over the crying and at that point flipped Cleo onto her stomach inside of her Pak-n-Play.

According to the mother, when that didn't work Cash got up and "palmed the baby's head like a basketball" forcing the child's face into the bedding. She recalls trying to stop him but him saying to "stop or I'll kill you too."

This lasted for a minute before Cash sat back down. At that point, the mother checked on the child and heard a loud breathe leave her body before seeing breathing return to normal. She then rolled Cleo over and noticed blood coming from her nose and mouth.

She gave Cleo to Cash and called 911. The child had stopped breathing at that point and was unresponsive, so she began CPR. The Las Vegas Fire Department arrived at the motel and transported Cleo to Sunrise Hospital with Cash riding along. The mother met the two at the hospital and shortly after was informed that Cleo had passed away.

She then says that Cash apologized to her for the incident and "didn't mean what he did." He then fled the hospital on foot before officers could arrive. He later turned himself in and was booked into Clark County Detention Center on one count of open murder.

ORIGINAL STORY: A father has been arrested in connection with his infant daughter's death.

Around 5 a.m. Monday, patrol officers were dispatched to Sunrise Pediatrics Hospital Emergency Room to investigate the death of the baby, who was 2 1/2 months old after medical staff believed the girl's death was suspicious.

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The investigation by the Las Vegas police Abuse and Neglect Detail indicated that the father, 26-year-old Cash Ballew, became upset when the infant would not stop crying. Police said Cash then smothered the child to get her to stop crying. The incident occurred at a motel near Fremont and 9th streets. 

Upon realizing the infant was unconscious, the parents called for medical who transported her to the hospital by ambulance. Cash left the hospital prior to officers' arrival.

Cash was arrested later that day after turning himself in. He was transported to the Clark County Detention Center on one count of open murder.

The identity of the victim, as well as the cause and manner of death, will be released by the Clark County coroner.

Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact the Las Vegas police Homicide Section by phone at 702-828-3521, or by email at homicide@lvmpd.com. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555. 

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