Mother of slain baby sues East Orange police

The mother of the 3-month-old baby thrown off the Driscoll Bridge is planning to sue the East Orange Police Department.

Venetta Benjamin says that police turned her away from filing a restraining order against the father one day before the abduction occurred.

Attorney Mitchell Liebowitz said police told the mother that Family Court was closed for the day and that she should return the next day. Benjamin was able to get a restraining order the following day, but authorities were unable to serve it before police say Shamsid-Din Abdur-Raheem abducted the child.

East Orange police declined to comment.

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