LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police say a man was arrested Saturday after his 2-month-old child was fatally injured when thrown off a second-floor apartment balcony during a domestic disturbance.
It happened in the 10000 block of Jefferys Street, near Eastern Avenue and St. Rose Parkway in the southeast part of the valley just before 4 a.m.
The man, later identified as 32-year-old Clarence Martin Jr., and the child’s mother had been arguing before Martin threw the child off the balcony, according to LVMPD. Martin then set the apartment on fire, killing the family dog.
Police say the father drove away from the scene, getting involved in two auto collisions en route to the Las Vegas airport where he was arrested.
Lt. Ray Spencer said the man was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries from the crashes and evaluation for drug use. Martin has been booked in absentia for Open Murder, Animal Cruelty and Arson.
The infant was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced deceased.
The fire caused significant damage to the apartment.