As salaamu alaikum --
This has been all over the news here in Jersey.
It's the ultimate in domestic abuse: a father's dispute with his ex ends in their 3-months old baby being tossed from a bridge.
I just don't understand stories like this.
Maybe this guy is lying and his baby daughter is safe somewhere?
_________________________________________________http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/02/nj_authorities_consider_father.htmlN.J. authorities consider father's admission he threw baby from Parkway bridge 'credible'
By The Star-Ledger Continuous News Desk
February 17, 2010, 6:01PM
MIDDLESEX COUNTY -- The search for a 3-month-old girl is continuing this afternoon in the Raritan River near the Garden State Parkway's Driscoll Bridge based on what authorities say is "credible" information that the infant was thrown from the span after being kidnapped by her father.
"We believe the credible information we have at this time indicates we should focus here," acting Attorney General Paula Dow said at an afternoon press conference, nearly 24 hours after the girl was abducted in East Orange.
Shamsid-Din Abdur-Raheem, 21, of Galloway Township, Atlantic County, faces charges of kidnapping, attempted murder, aggravated assault and child endangerment in the abduction of his daughter Zara Malini-Lin Abdur-Raheem. He is being held on $700,000 bail and scheduled for a court appearance Thursday morning.
The State Police have 17 divers, multiple boats and helicopters searching the banks and waters of the Raritan River in Middlesex County.
Dow said Abdur-Raheem kidnapped the infant at 4 p.m. Tuesday after punching the girl's grandmother in the face and choking her at an East Orange apartment. When the grandmother tried to block his escape, Abdur-Raheem tried to run the 60-year-old woman down with a minivan, Dow said.
Abdur-Raheem fled south, stopped at the Driscoll Bridge, and threw the infant from the span, Dow said. He then continued to Atlantic County and met with an Imam, who drove him to a family member's house in Winslow Township in Camden County. Police were called to the residence and he was taken into custody there at 8 p.m.
Dow said the arrest happened moments before authorities were about to issue an Amber Alert for the child. The Amber Alert system is designed to rapidly spread information about child abductions.
The investigation into why it took four hours from the time of the first 911 call for an Amber Alert to be approved is ongoing, Dow said.
"The Amber Alert did not go out at that time," Dow said. "There's a four-hour gap."
Dow said Zara Malini-Lin's mother, Venatte Benjamin, applied for a restraining order Tuesday against Abdur-Raheem, but declined to say whether that provoked the abduction.
"There had been bad blood between the couple," Dow said, declining to elaborate on the details. "We believe she had a well-founded basis for pursuing a restraining order. This is an example of a horrific case of domestic violence."
Earlier today, Venetta Benjamin emerged from her mother's East Orange home and pleaded for her daughter's safe return.
"I just want my baby to get back home," Benjamin said. "I ask anybody if they have seen my daughter to please contact police."
Police are seeking additional information from drivers who may have been on the Driscoll Bridge Tuesday between 4 and 6 p.m. Anyone with information is asked to call (732) 264-4150.