UPDATE: Father charged with child abuse after throwing baby off roof

The father, who threw his baby off a roof in Port Elizabeth, will appear in the New Brighton Magistrate’s Court today. The 38-year-old has been charged with attempted murder. Video: eNCA
A police officer negotiates with a man before he flung his six-month-old baby off the roof of a shack at the Joe Slovo informal settlement. Photo: Gallo / Lulama Zenzile

• Editor's note: This article is updated each time new information becomes available.

PORT ELIZABETH - The Joe Slovo community is standing behind a 38-year-old man who flung his child off the roof of his home.

The man appeared in the New Brighton magistrate's court on a case of child abuse.

The one-year-old was caught by a member of the metro police.

The toddler was not harmed and is with her mother and social workers are keeping a close eye on the family.

READ: Metro police officer who caught baby flung from roof hailed a hero

Police spokesperson Captain Andre Beetge said police grabbed the father while he simultaneously flung his daughter off the roof.

Beetge said a metro police member managed to catch the baby as she was being flung.


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