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.
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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&39;s court on a case of child abuse.
Police say the charges against the 38 year old father who flung his daughter off a shack roof in Joe Slovo has been changed from attempted murder to child abuse pending further evidence and investigation eNCA— Sandy McCowen (@MccowenSandy) April 16, 2018
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.
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.