Search scaled back for baby in NJ river

A New Jersey father says he threw his baby girl over a bridge.

February 19, 2010 12:29:53 PM PST
State Police are scaling back a search for a 3-month-old girl believed to have been thrown off a bridge into a New Jersey river by her father. State Police Sgt. Stephen Jones says units that were using side-scanning sonar in their search of the Raritan River are wrapping up.

Jones says the search operation will continue until dark Friday and then be reassessed.

Police say 21-year-old Shamsid-Din Abdur-Raheem, of Galloway, told them he threw his daughter, Zara Malani-lin Abdur, off the Driscoll Bridge on the Garden State Parkway on Tuesday.

Abdur-Raheem has pleaded not guilty to charges including the attempted murder of the child's maternal grandmother whom police say he assaulted during the alleged abduction. The child's mother had sought a restraining order against him.

Zara was reported to be wearing a pink and gray Carter's onesie and may have been wrapped in a blue sleeping bag.

If anyone has information regarding the infant or this case, they are urged to report it confidentially by calling the State Police hotline 732-264-4150.