I threw baby from bridge, father tells police
Thursday 18 February 2010
A massive search for a baby believed to have been thrown into a freezing river by her estranged father will resume today.
The man, who snatched his daughter from the arms of her grandmother while the child's mother was obtaining a restraining order against him, told police he threw the baby off a bridge and into a New Jersey river.
Search teams, including boats, dogs and helicopters, scoured the area beneath the Garden State Parkway's Driscoll Bridge in Central New Jersey last night for any signs of three-month-old Zara Malani-lin Abdur, who was abducted on Tuesday.
Authorities suspended the search after dark and planned to resume today.
Acting New Jersey attorney general Paula Dow called it "an example of a horrific case of domestic violence".
Authorities say the girl's father, 21-year-old Shamsiddi Abdur-Raheem, forced his way into the grandmother's apartment on Tuesday afternoon, hitting her in the face, choking her, and forcibly taking the baby, wrapped in a blanket.
The 60-year-old grandmother, who police would not identify, chased Abdur-Raheem but was struck when she tried to stop him by throwing herself in the path of his van. She was treated at a local hospital and released.
Abdur-Raheem was arrested four hours after the abduction and allegedly confessed to police that he had tossed the child from the bridge before driving to consult his imam, who then drove him to the home of a relative who called police.
Abdur-Raheem will appear in superior court today, charged with kidnapping, attempted murder, aggravated assault and child endangerment.
The child's mother, Venetta Benjamin, who has sole custody, was in a Newark courtroom seeking a restraining order against Abdur-Raheem at the time of the alleged abduction.
Her lawyer, Mitchell Liebowitz, said the baby was snatched before the order was served.
Animals found with 'puncture holes the size of a human finger'
Video: The official full-length trailer for the Jurassic Park sequel has dropped – two days early
- 1 Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
- 2 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 3 Black Friday 2014: Opening hours for John Lewis, Asda, PC World, GAME and Argos
- 4 Bill Cosby: Isn’t it obvious why his accusers have stayed silent up until now?
- 5 Jeremy Hunt: 'I took my children to A&E because I didn't want to wait for GP appointment'
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Sarah Vine on Jack Monroe being a lesbian mother: 'If she was unsure about her sexuality, she should have taken greater precautions'
Black Friday 2014: Opening hours for John Lewis, Asda, PC World, GAME and Argos
Michael Brown shooting: Ten things we know – or know better – now the Ferguson grand jury's work is over
Ferguson riots: The most powerful images to emerge from protests over Michael Brown killing
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Exclusive: UK approved £7m Israeli arms sales in six months before Gaza conflict
£26000 - £28000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A truly exciting opportunity has ari...
£40000 per annum + Benefits: Ampersand Consulting LLP: Systems Developer (C/C+...
£22000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An experienced Systems Manager ...
£25000 - £65000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This successful, VC-funded star...