SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Handcuffs rest on a table inside the security forces building during a training exercise April 2, 2013. If a security forces member suspects a person of a crime, they must detain them and search their person for weapons and illegal substances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)

Durban - A 26-year-old father has been arrested for allegedly killing his 3-month-old baby son, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Thursday.

Spokesman, Major Thulani Zwane, said police received a tip-off and he was arrested on Wednesday night.

He was expected to appear in court on Friday.

On Tuesday he had arrived at the mother’s house in Ingwa­vuma in the KwaMoyana reserve, and demanded to take the baby home with him.

“The mother refused and he became angry, took the child by force and threw her on the floor. The child sustained head injuries and was taken to hospital in critical condition,” Zwane said. He died in hospital.

Earlier this week, a Western Cape father was found guilty of murdering his 3-month-old baby daughter.

Twenty-five-year-old Eugene Plaatjies was subsequently convicted in the Western Cape High Court of child abuse and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

Sentencing proceedings in the case have been set down to start on June 1.

African News Agency