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Las Vegas police identify man accused of throwing baby off balcony

Coroner identifies baby
Posted at 7:06 PM, Oct 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-27 10:39:51-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas police have identified the man whom they believe threw his infant daughter over a balcony on early Saturday morning.

Police say Clarence Martin Jr. also set his apartment on fire resulting in the evacuation of nearby neighbors and then got into several crashes after leaving the scene. He was arrested after he entered a secured area of McCarran International Airport.

The Clark County coroner has identified the baby as London Martin. Neighbors said they saw the baby's mom holding London outside the burning apartment.

"My niece didn't even have a Social Security number. My sister didn't even have time to establish her in this world," said the baby's maternal aunt over the phone Monday. Ebonie Lemi started a GoFundMe to support her sister after losing her baby and home at once.

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Lemi said she never got to meet her niece but is still getting notifications from Amazon about things she had bought for London - milk and costumes for her first Halloween.

"It was a Subway sandwich," she said of the costume. "My sister was annoyed. She's like, 'she's not going to be a sandwich.' I said, 'okay she doesn't have to do that. Just give me a photograph in it and then you can put on her other costume.'"

Lemi lives in California and was traveling to Las Vegas Monday to be with her sister. She said she is asking the same questions others are about what happened early Saturday morning.

She also said her sister's relationship with Clarence Martin Jr. wasn't new or fresh -- they had been together for years and were engaged.

Police said the series of events started with a domestic dispute. While Lemi said she's close to her sister, she said there may be things about her relationship with Martin that she didn't know.

"People, especially women, keep things to themselves. I may think I know something or I may not know something," she said.

Lemi stressed that she has a lot of questions about what happened but that this is all just very hard and unexpected for her family. Clarence Martin Jr. is expected to appear in court Tuesday morning and will face charges of murder, arson and animal cruelty.