Dad pleads not guilty to throwing child off bridge

NEW BRUNSWICK - (AP) - A New Jersey father accused oftossing his 3-month-old daughter to her death off a bridge haspleaded not guilty.

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

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

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

The 22-year-old Galloway Township resident also faces attemptedmurder charges for allegedly assaulting the baby's maternalgrandmother.

Vigil held for missing baby Lawyer: Police turned away baby Zara's mom Mother of slain baby sues East Orange police Police: Body found near river may be missing infant Infant found on river bank ID'd as abducted child NJ to change Amber Alert rules over baby toss case

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