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Dad of baby tossed off bridge pleads not guilty

A New Jersey father says he threw his baby girl over a bridge.
March 1, 2010 11:20:47 AM PST
A New Jersey man has pleaded not guilty to a charge that he murdered his 3-month-old daughter by throwing her off a highway bridge. Shamsid-Din Abdur-Raheem of Galloway Township appeared Monday at an arraignment in New Brunswick via video link from the Essex County jail, where he is being held on $2 million bail. A public defender entered the plea for him.

The baby's mother was in court and watched without visible reaction.

Abdur-Raheem is charged with killing Zara Malani-lin Abdur after allegedly snatching her from her maternal grandmother Feb. 16.

Prosecutors charge that Abdur-Raheem tossed the baby from Driscoll Bridge into the Raritan River. The child has not been found.

Abdur-Raheem has already pleaded not guilty to several related charges.


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