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Jury trial to start for Columbia man accused in baby daughter’s death

The jury trial was scheduled to start on Thursday morning for a Columbia man accused in the death of his six-month-old daughter.

Cortavia Smith is charged with abuse of a child resulting in death.

Court documents say Smith, 23, told police he accidentally kicked his baby girl at a home on Switzler Street in 2018, then took her to a gas station. She went into cardiac arrest and died.

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