ATLANTIC COUNTY MAN WHO THREW INFANT FROM BRIDGE CHARGED

The Galloway Township man who allegedly threw his infant daughter from the Driscoll Bridge on the Garden State Parkway in February was indicted today by a state grand jury on charges of murder, kidnapping, attempted murder and other crimes, Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced.

According to Director Taylor, the Division of Criminal Justice obtained a six-count state grand jury indictment charging Shamsiddin Abdur-Raheem, 22, of Galloway Township, with murder (1st degree), kidnapping (1st degree), endangering the welfare of a child (2nd degree), two counts of aggravated assault (2nd degree), and attempted murder (1st degree).

“This indictment of Mr. Abdur-Raheem for the alleged murder of his infant daughter represents important progress in our quest for justice for Baby Zara,” said Attorney General Dow. “This is a heartbreaking case of domestic violence.”

“Investigators diligently pursued the evidence in this case, which corroborated initial reports that the defendant threw the baby from the bridge,” said Director Taylor. “That evidence has been presented to a state grand jury, resulting in these very serious charges for which Mr. Abdur-Raheem now faces trial.”

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