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Dad Confesses To Tossing Infant Daughter Into River

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KTLA: State Police are searching for a 3-month-old girl after her father claims he threw the infant off a bridge into a river.

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The search Wednesday is centered on the Garden State Parkway's Driscoll Bridge, which spans the Raritan River between Sayreville and Woodbridge.

Authorities say 21-year-old Shamsiddin Abdur-Raheem punched the child's elderly grandmother in the face and ripped the girl from her arms, says East Orange Police Sgt. Andrew Dielmo.

The grandmother ran after Abdur-Raheem and threw herself on the hood of the vehicle in an attempt to stop the abduction.

Reports say Abdur-Raheem climbed into the minivan's passenger seat and an unidentified man was waiting for him in the driver's seat.

Police found him at a relative's home in Winslow Township.

Winslow police Lt. Michael Hoffman says Abdur-Raheem, of Galloway Township, told authorities he threw his daughter off the bridge into the river.

After tossing his daughter into the river, he drove to see an Imam in Atlantic County, police said.

The child's mother, Venetta Benjamin, had sought a restraining order against the man Tuesday.

"I just want my baby to get back home," the baby's mother Venetta Benjamin told reporters outside her apartment Wednesday. "I ask anybody if they have seen my daughter to please contact police."

Her lawyer, Mitchell Liebowitz, says the baby was snatched before the order was served.

An Amber Alert was issued for Zara. She was born on Nov. 19 2009 and last seen wearing green pajamas.

Abdur-Raheem has been charged with attempted murder, kidnapping, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon.

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K February 18, 2010, 4:44 PM

If it’s true, this man deserves to rot in prison for the rest of his days. The inmates will give him what he deserves, because even convicts have kids!

But honestly .. there’s a big, niggling sensation in the back of my head that says maybe he kidnapped the child and has her hidden with a relative or friend, and is only saying he did it. I live about 5 minutes from that bridge. There’s no shoulder on it at all, and it’s busy no matter what time of day or night you go over it (I’ve driven home from work at 2:30 in the morning and not been the only car!). SOMEONE would have seen something .. he’d have stopped traffic, someone would have seen him stop, etc. It just doesn’t add up … and I only PRAY it doesn’t add up and they find that poor baby alive and safe somewhere.

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