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
Father Throws Baby Off Bridge


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.


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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