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

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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.

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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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.

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.

• Editor&39;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&39;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.