Deliberations Continue for Dad Accused of Throwing Baby Off NJ Bridge

Jury deliberations are due to continue Thursday in the murder trial of a man accused of throwing his infant daughter off a New Jersey bridge.

Thursday, Sep 6, 2012  |  Updated 7:14 AM EDT
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Jury Deliberates in NJ Baby Bridge Death

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Shamsiddin Abdur-Raheem, 21, of Galloway Township, N.J., told police in February 2010 that he wrapped his daughter in a blue sleeping bag and threw her off the Driscoll Bridge into Raritan River, authorities say.

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Jury deliberations are due to continue Thursday in the murder trial of a man accused of throwing his infant daughter off a New Jersey bridge.

Shamsidden Abdur-Raheem is charged in the death of 3-month-old Zara Malani-Lin Abdur-Raheem.

Prosecutors say Abdur-Raheem abducted his daughter from her maternal grandmother's East Orange apartment in February 2010, assaulting the woman and hitting her with his van. They say he then parked on the Driscoll Bridge on the Garden State Parkway and threw or dropped the baby into the Raritan River. 

The girl's mother had sole custody and had left the baby in her mother's care while she sought a restraining order against Abdur-Raheem. The baby's body was found several weeks later along the riverbank by passersby.
 
The jury began deliberations Monday in New Brunswick.

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