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Columbia man accused in baby daughter’s death

A six-month-old has died in Columbia, and her father is now in jail.

Police arrested Cortavia Smith on Monday morning. Detectives say Smith, 20, claimed he accidentally kicked the baby hours earlier at a home on Switzler Street. He then took her to the Break Time on Nifong near Providence, where she went into cardiac arrest.

Smith is accused of felony endangering the welfare of a child. He has a $500,000 bond.

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