Dad gets life in prison for killing his baby by throwing her into river

Abdur-Rahim and his daughter 
By: Aarav Sen 

A New Jersey father kidnapped his three-month-old baby girl and threw her off a bridge into a river, killing her.

He was sentenced to life in prison for killing the baby and he got an additional 30 years for kidnapping the baby from her apartment.

Police said that Abdur-Rahim went to the house of the baby’s grandma while the child's mother was in court to get a restraining order against him.

Abdur-Rahim, 24, was convicted of killing his 3-month-old baby girl named Zara, by throwing her into the Raritan River, in February 2010.

“This defendant killed the baby, by kidnapping her away from those who loved her most, ending the life of an innocent child in a horrible act of violence. The sentence will keep him in prison for the rest of his life,” Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said.

After the father kidnapped the baby girl, family members, friends and police searched for the baby. Sadly, her body was found in the river two months later.

According to prosecutors, Abdur-Rahim made ​​his way into the apartment, striking the grandmother in the face, choking her and pulling the baby from her arms before fleeing in a van.

The grandma chased Abdur-Rahim and was beaten when she tried to stop him by throwing herself in front of his vehicle, authorities said.

Abdur-Rahim then headed toward southern New Jersey, and police said he admitted that he tossed the baby into the Raritan River from the Alfred E. Driscoll Bridge on the Garden State Parkway.



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