Father throws his 3-month-old daughter off a bridge to her death

Shamsid-Din Abdur-Raheem 
By: Debbie Gross 

A man was arrested and charged with murder after throwing his 3-month-old daughter off a bridge to her death.

The New Jersey man accused of throwing his 3-month-old daughter off a bridge repeatedly confessed to investigators, prosecutors said in opening statements last week at the trial of the killer father.

The own words of Shamsid-Din Abdur-Raheem will help prove him guilty of murder, prosecutors said. Defense lawyers told reporters that there is a reasonable doubt.

The trial is expected to take about three weeks.
Abdur-Raheem is charged in the death of Zara Malani-lin Abdur-Raheem.

Prosecutors claim that Abdur-Raheem abducted the baby from her grandmother's apartment in East Orange in February 2010, assaulting the woman and hitting her with his truck. They said he then parked on the Driscoll Bridge on the Garden State Parkway, and threw the baby off the bridge into the Raritan River.

The baby's body was found several weeks later along the riverbank by a passerby.
The child's mother, Venetta Benjamin, had sole custody of the child and left her in the care of her mother while she sought a restraining order against Abdur-Raheem in a Newark court.

Besides the murder charge, the 24-year-old former Galloway Township resident faces charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, aggravated assault and neglect.

Abdur-Raheem’s father, Mushin Raheem, said the relationship between his son and Benjamin, who were not married, had been uneven, they started dating as freshmen at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.