Emotions high in first day of Driscoll Bridge baby toss case

It was an emotional day in court today, as witnesses began testifying in the trial of a New Jersey man accused of throwing his 3-month-old

NEW BRUNSWICK - It was an emotional day in court today, as witnesses began testifying in the trial of a New Jersey man accused of throwing his 3-month-old daughter off the Driscoll Bridge.

State Police Major Crimes Detective Harold McDermott testified that in February 2010, Shamsid-Din Abdur-Raheem kidnapped his daughter, Zara Malani-lin Abdur-Raheem from her grandmother's East Orange home.

State prosecutors say Abdur Raheem eventually parked on the Driscoll Bridge along the Garden State Parkway and then threw or dropped Baby Zara into the icy Raritan River.

The child's body was discovered about two months later on the riverbank, near the Route 35 Victory Bridge.

Besides the murder count, the 24-year-old former Galloway Township resident also faces charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, aggravated assault and child endangerment.

Testimony is expected to resume in the morning

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