Baby Samantha's father in court

Adriaan Netto is expected to face a charge of absconding when he appears later today.

Protea Magistrates Court, Soweto. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The father of 10-month-old baby Samantha is expected to appear in the Protea Magistrates Court in Soweto on Wednesday morning.

Adriaan Netto is expected to face a charge of absconding when he appears in the dock.

The police caught Netto on Monday afternoon after he fled last Thursday to skip judgment in the South Gauteng High Court in the case against him and his partner.

Judge Majake Mabesele said he wasn't surprised by news that the man had absconded and issued a warrant for his arrest.

Police say he was found hiding in a bushy area in Krugersdorp.

Netto and his 34-year-old partner are accused of raping and killing their little girl in March last year.

His co-accused and mother of his child said he packed his bag a few hours before he was due to appear in court saying he's leaving because he didn't want to go to jail.

Baby Samantha died with multiple injuries to her body, but Netto and his co-accused have pleaded not guilty to charges of rape and murder.

Autopsy reports have shown Samantha was significantly underweight and suffered a variety of injuries including fractured ribs, a lung filled with blood and scratches on her private parts.