Attempted murder Father 'arrested for throwing baby from roof' during protests (photos)

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Police miraculously managed to catch her before she hit the ground.

play Man throws his baby off the roof. Father 'arrested for throwing baby from roof' during protests (photos) (iol.co.za)

Police in South Africa's city of Port Elizabeth have arrested and charged a 38-year-old man with murder after he threw his baby daughter from a rooftop during a protest against demolition of informal settlements.

According to reports by HeraldLIVE, police and municipal officials had on Thursday been demolishing about 150 shacks in the Joe Slovo settlement, which they said had been built on illegally occupied land.

The man, whose house was the last one standing, had been helped on to the roof top by a woman reported to be the girl's mother.

play A policeman pleads with the man not to throw the baby (Courtesy)

 

He was on the roof for five minutes, the report says, before he threw the little girl. Other residents had been shouting "throw, throw, throw", it adds.

play The man swings his baby over the edge (Courtesy)

The little girl was unharmed as police managed to catch her before she hit the ground.

play Policemen save the baby from crashing to the ground (Courtesy)

 

Police spokesperson Andre Beetge is quoted as saying that the girl was doing well and added that they would be "getting social workers to deal with the matter”.

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