What to Know
- Clieve Lake, 40, was arrested Tuesday on charges including second-degree murder and child abuse with no great bodily harm, jail records show
- North Miami Beach Police officials say 25-year-old Rosalinda Kay Emerick was found murdered in her home Monday
Police have arrested a North Miami Beach man in the murder of his girlfriend who was found brutally stabbed to death with her hands tied behind her back while their 2-month-old baby was in their home.
Clieve Lake, 40, was arrested Tuesday on charges including second-degree murder and child abuse with no great bodily harm, jail records showed.
North Miami Beach Police officials say 25-year-old Rosalinda Kay Emerick was found murdered in the home in the 1600 block of Northeast 160th Street Monday morning. She had been bound with her hands tied behind her back and stabbed several times, police said.
According to an arrest affidavit, Lake walked to a neighbor's house holding the baby and started banging on the door. Surveillance footage obtained by NBC 6 showed him knocking on the door while holding the child.
When the neighbor opened the door, Lake started yelling "my wife is dead, my wife is dead!" the report said. The neighbor went to Lake's home and found Emerick's body in a bedroom, with no pulse, the affidavit said.
The neighbor left the home and found Lake rocking back and forth with the baby saying "it was the drugs, it was the drugs," the report said.
Much of the report was redacted but during Lake's Tuesday bond court appearance, prosecutors said Lake claimed another woman had stabbed Emerick. But police said Lake got into an altercation with Emerick and stabbed her multiple times.
"He then fled the residence and left her to die, while also leaving their infant child in the house with the dying mother. Several hours later, Mr. Lake tried to report the murder to a neighbor," North Miami Beach Police Capt. Juan Pinillos said.
Lake remained behind bars on $150,000 bond Tuesday, jail records showed. Attorney information wasn't available.
Prosecutors said Lake spent 11 years in state prison for an attempted second-degree murder case, and is currently on probation in Broward.
The baby was placed with the Florida Department of Children and Families.