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Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

SA Father 'Arrested For Throwing Baby From Roof'

SA Father 'Arrested For Throwing Baby From Roof'

The father's actions of defiance were in protest of his house being demolished.

The man had reportedly climbed onto the roof of his shack just as officers had begun returning calm to the demolition project.

The dad, 38, was seen dangling his terrified and screaming one-year-old daughter by her ankle perilously over the side of a building.

The 38-year-old allegedly flung his one-year-old baby from the roof of a shack on Thursday in a crude effort to resist eviction from the Joe Slovo informal settlement in Kwadesi.

Steven Pladl's mother called police in North Carolina to say she'd had a disturbing call from her son and to ask officers to check on the well-being of her infant grandson.

Fortunately, the courageous officer on the roof had warned colleagues down below that the youngster could drop at any second.

The South African Police Service had been sent to the township to ensure the safety of the demolition team as roughly 150 protesters began unsafe rioting that included throwing bricks and closing off roads with burning tires.

Audra Wamsteker and husband Adrianus
NCAudra Wamsteker has accused her father of threatening her and her husband

The unnamed man was involved in a stand-off with police after getting onto the roof of his shack and holding his daughter over the edge to stop the structure from being demolished. Negotiators, however, were unsuccessful in talking the man, who had been threatening to throw his daughter, down.

Fortunately, the courageous officer on the roof had warned colleagues down below that the youngster could drop at any second, so they were ready to catch her.

The SAPS and Metro Police surrounded the structure and a member of the SAPS attempted to talk the man down while a rescue was attempted. Fortunately, police officers standing below caught the little girl before she hit the ground.

The child was returned to the 35-year-old mother, according to Beetge.

After a frenetic rooftop scuffle with police, the 38-year-old man was overpowered, arrested and charged later with attempted murder.

"It is shocking that a father would attempt to sacrifice his own child for the sake of delaying the demolishing of an illegal shack structure but thankfully the girl was saved". The father will be facing attempted murder charges.

The 90 shacks which had been built illegally on unowned land were then taken down.

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