New Amber Alert laws announced
Attorney General Paula Dow announced the revision of Amber Alert guidelines Wednesday.
Dow announced the revised plan at the New Jersey State Police's Regional Operations and Intelligence Center (ROIC), where alerts are disseminated to the media following a reported child abduction.
The revision follows the disappearance of 3-month-old Zara Malani-Lin Abdur-Raheem. Authorities say her father, Shamsiddin Abdur-Raheem, abducted her and threw her from the Driscoll Bridge in February.
East Orange police notified other law enforcement agencies about the abduction, but did not request state police to activate the Amber Alert system. Dow says the criteria previously established lacked clarity regarding family abduction cases. Officers believed that an Amber Alert was not to be issued in a family abduction case.Dow says she doesn't believe an alert would have made a difference in the case.
State Police are awaiting DNA results to determine if a baby's body found along the Raritan River on Saturday is the child.
AP wires contributed to this report.