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Father in court for killing 2-day-old baby

A man accused of killing his two-day-old baby when he used her as a weapon to attack his girlfriend, is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Monday, Gauteng police said.

The woman told the police that, during an argument in their flat, the man asked her if he was the baby's father, Warrant Officer Wanda Olivier said. "He then hit the mother with the baby," she said.

The couple then left the flat and walked to a petrol station at the corner of Church and Rebecca streets in Pretoria West.

The police called Best Care ambulance services, which arrived to treat the baby around 3am on Sunday.

They found the infant wrapped in a towel and drowning in its own vomit, spokesman Xander Loubser said.

According to Beeld, the mother told paramedics that, after hitting her with the child, the father threw it on the ground. She apparently had a wound on her forehead.

The two were taken to a nearby hospital where the baby died.

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