The man suspected of stabbing and suffocating his daughter to death at their Bywater home Tuesday morning had worked for New Orleans' Sewerage & Water Board for a little more than a year, municipal employment records show. 

Mark Selassie Hambrick, 45, finished a six-month probationary period in February, according to New Orleans civil service records. He held the position of management development analyst at the agency when he was arrested on allegations that he knifed and strangled his 18-month-old girl, identified on social media as Amina.

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The Sewerage & Water Board has placed Hambrick on emergency suspension without pay following his arrest. 

On his application to join the agency, Hambrick disclosed he had been convicted of driving drunk in 2010. He was previously the deputy chief administrative officer for the city of Jackson, Mississippi, and later served as an organizational development and budgeting consultant for a company in Slidell.

Amina's mother is Monika Gerhart-Hambrick, who is also in public service. She was once the policy director for the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center and became the head of the Office of Community Development under Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome shortly after the latter took office in January.

Statements from police suggest Gerhart was at work when Hambrick called authorities and allegedly confessed to their daughter's slaying in the 3100 block of North Rampart Street. 

In a statement, Broome said, "I am presently with Monika Gerhart-Hambrick as she works through this unimaginable situation.

"Monika is a valued member of our City Hall staff. She has our thoughts, prayers and support. This is a horrible tragedy. No parent should ever have to lose a child, especially in such a violent way. We are here for Monika and her family for whatever they need." 

WWL-TV contributed to this report. 

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