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Update: Coroner identifies infant reportedly thrown from 2nd-floor apartment

Fire crews also called to scene for intentional fire
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Posted at 8:04 AM, Oct 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-26 14:00:26-04

UPDATE Oct. 26: The Clark County Coroner has identified the baby as 1-month-old London Della Martin. Her cause of death was blunt force injuries to the head and it was ruled a homicide. Police originally reported the baby was 2 months old.

UPDATE Oct. 25: Court officials say the man accused of killing his 2-month-old daughter, 32-year-old Clarence Martin Jr. missed his initial court hearing Sunday as he continues to be hospitalized. READ MORE

ORIGINAL STORY 10/24: Police and fire crews are investigating an early morning apartment fire and homicide scene in an apartment complex near St. Rose Parkway.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Clark County fire were called to the Positano apartments, located at 10115 Jeffreys Street, at about 3:45 a.m. Saturday.

Authorities say a man threw a 2-month-old infant from the 2nd floor of an apartment building during an argument with the baby's mother. The infant was taken to St. Rose Hospital but did not survive her injuries.

The man, who was also the baby's father, then set fire to the inside of the apartment and left the scene in a vehicle. He was involved in multiple car crashes until he was eventually taken into custody at McCarran Airport after parking his car and a short foot pursuit.

No other injuries were initially reported by Las Vegas police in the incident. And the apartment suffered significant damage in the fire.

The man in question was transported to the University Medical Center for injuries and evaluation. He will be facing an open murder charge, according to LVMPD.