Father Throws Baby Off Bridge

Estranged dad tells police he threw baby girl into river

By Vince Lattanzio
|  Wednesday, Feb 17, 2010  |  Updated 7:09 AM EDT
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Father Throws Baby Off Bridge

NBCPhiladelphia.com

Police in North Jersey search for a baby who was allegedly thrown over the bridge by her father. He was taken into custody in Camden County.

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When day breaks, rescue crews will search the Raritan River again Wednesday for a baby girl who may have been thrown off a bridge by her father.

The South Jersey man told police Tuesday night that after abducting his three-month-old daughter, he wrapped her in a sleeping bag and tossed her off the Driscoll Bridge in Sayreville, N.J.

Police stopped Shamshiddin Abdur-Raheem, 21, as he drove through Winslow Township, N.J. just after 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Abdur-Raheem, 21, was wanted for allegedly snatching his baby daughter from her grandmother's arms a few hours earlier, after punching the grandmother in her East Orange home.

Abdur-Raheem is the girl's biological father, but did not have custody, authorities said.

When police searched the Sicklerville man's red Dodge Caravan, they found no trace of the baby girl.

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