A Henderson man arrested in connection with the death of his 6-month-old daughter admitted to shaking her leading to the infant's death.

On Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m., Henderson police, and fire responded to the 200 block of East Merlayne Drive on a call of the baby not breathing.

According to the police report, 21-year-old Anthony Martzen, initially denied shaking his daughter and that he had placed her on a bed and left the room for a few minutes, then heard a strange noise. He then claimed, she was not breathing, and he called for the family to call 9-1-1.

She was taken to St. Rose Dominican Hospital – Rose de Lima Campus and then to University Medical Center for treatment.

She died from her injuries two days later, Henderson Police said.

The Clark County Coroner's Office identified her as Aaliyah Chavez-Martzen.

It was later determined by medical personnel, Aaliyah had a small brain bleed caused by being shaken. Doctors also observed that there previous brain bleeds as well.

After taking a polygraph test, Martzen admitted he did shake his daughter and knew he killed her.

He told police, he placed her on the bed, her eyes were open and she was clinching her fists and moving her feet. He knew she was alive. He then shook her multiple times as he watched her eyes roll into the back of her head and she became lifeless.

Martzen later said, he also shook her when she was 2-months old.

He told police the reason why he did not tell the truth at first was because he didn't want his girlfriend to know he was responsible for his daughter's death.

Police arrested Martzen on charges of murder and child abuse with substantial harm.

The infant’s death was the seventh homicide in Henderson this year.

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