Man throws infant from 2nd story balcony during argument

Clarence Martin Jr., 32, of Las Vegas, Nevada. [Image credit: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department}

At about 3:45 am on Saturday, October 24 a woman called 911 to report that her infant had been "thrown off of a balcony."


Emergency services responded and found the mother attempting CPR on her 7-week-old infant, later identified as London Della Martin and an apartment ablaze.


London was transported to Saint Rose Hospital but did not survive her injuries.  Her death was ruled a homicide due to blunt force trauma to the head.


In speaking with the mother, Nicole Poole, officers were told that she had awoken that morning to the father, 32-year-old Clarence Martin Jr. kicking her and London as they lay together in the bed.


Poole stated that she had gotten up with London and moved to the living room, and Martin followed.  She reported that Martin took the baby from her and stepped out onto the balcony, returning seconds later without her.


“Poole ran outside and discovered her baby laying on the ground in the parking area,” the report states according to the Las Vegas Review Journal. “She ran down and picked her baby up, ran southbound through the complex because she thought Martin was chasing her.”


Instead of following her, Martin is then believed to have started a fire within the apartment that "completely destroyed" the unit and killed the family poodle that had been kenneled for the night at the time.


With the fire started, Martin is then alleged to have been heard by a neighbor yelling “burn b——, burn,” as he stole Poole's vehicle.


During a briefing Metropolitan Police Department homicide Lt. Ray Spencer told reporters that after leaving the apartment complex Martin was involved in a number of hit and run accidents, one of which resulted in the vehicle he was driving rolling over.


After that accident, which occurred on the 215 Beltway near the McCarran International Airport connector, Martin fled the scene on foot and entered the airport where he then crawled onto a luggage conveyor belt and gained access to a "secure area of the airport."


Once there, Martin put on a "TSA Security" shirt and then walked out onto the airport tarmac.


He was taken into custody a short time later and was once again heard yelling, “burn b——! Jeffreys Street, Jeffreys Street!”


Martin was taken to the University Medical Center to be treated for possible injuries resulting from the accidents and to be evaluated for possible narcotics use.


Pool is said to have told the police that Martin has a history of "mental issues" but that she had not seen any sign of issues in their four year relationship until this month.  She told officers that in the days leading up to London's death, Martin had not eaten or slept.


Martin's first court appearance was scheduled for Sunday, October 25, but he missed the hearing as he had not been discharged from the hospital.  He was booked in absentia on charges of open murder, arson,  battery on a protected person, battery with a deadly weapon and animal torture.


His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 9 am on November 10.


London's family has established a GoFundMe account in order to help cover the funeral expenses and those incurred from not only the loss of the apartment, but Poole's vehicle as well.  In the description, the organizer states, "Please, please pray for healing and strength for Nicole, and our entire family."