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N.J. Father Pleads Not Guilty to Tossing Infant Daughter to Her Death

Zara Malani-lin Abdur-Raheem (Family Photo)

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) A New Jersey father accused of tossing his 3-month-old daughter off a bridge, to her death, has pleaded not guilty.

Shamsid-Din Abdur-Raheem entered his plea Tuesday in a New Brunswick courtroom. He is charged with murder and five other counts related to the infant's abduction and death.

Prosecutors say Abdur-Raheem parked along the shoulder of the Garden State Parkway and threw or dropped the infant off the Driscoll Bridge into the icy Raritan River in February.

Zara Malani-Lin Abdur-Raheem's body was found along the banks of the river in April.

The 22-year-old Galloway Township resident also faces attempted murder charges for allegedly assaulting the baby's maternal grandmother.

Complete coverage of this case on Crimesider