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Baby Found on River Bank Believed to be 3-Month-Old Killed by Father

Police are on a desperate search for a 3-month-old girl after her father, Shamsiddin Abdur-Raheem, told them he pulled over a major highway and threw the toddler off a bridge and into a river. Family Photo

Zara Malanilin Abdur-Raheem (Family Photo)
WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (CBS/AP) Autopsy results show an infant whose body was found on the banks of a New Jersey river drowned, and police believe it may be 3-month old Zara Malanilin Abdur-Raheem, whose father is accused of throwing her off a bridge.

State Police Sgt. Stephen Jones says officials believe the body is the girl's because of her clothing. 

Police are waiting for DNA results to confirm the identity. The baby's father is accused of throwing her off the Driscoll Bridge into the Raritan River on Feb. 16, 2010.

Prosecutors believe Shamsid-Din Abdur-Raheem killed his daughter hours after taking her from her grandmother's apartment in East Orange, N.J.

The 21-year-old Galloway Township resident has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges.

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February 18, 2010 - Baby Thrown from N.J. Bridge Has Slim Survival Chance; Father Pleads Not Guilty to Attempted Murder
February 17, 2010 - Shamsiddin Abdur-Raheem Tells Police He Threw 3-Month-Old Daughter Off Bridge

  • Kealan Oliver

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