NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Jurors in the murder trial of a man accused of throwing his infant daughter off a New Jersey bridge have ended their first day of deliberations without reaching a verdict.
Shamsidden Abdur-Raheem is charged in the death of 3-month-old Zara Malani-Lin Abdur-Raheem.
Prosecutors say Abdur-Raheem abducted his daughter from her maternal grandmother's East Orange apartment in February 2010, assaulting the woman and hitting her with his van. They say he then parked on the Driscoll Bridge on the Garden State Parkway and threw or dropped the baby into the Raritan River.
The girl's mother had sole custody and had left the baby in her mother's care while she sought a restraining order against Abdur-Raheem. The baby's body was found several weeks later along the riverbank by passersby
Abdur-Raheem testified that the baby was dead when he tossed her into the river. He faces murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated assault counts.
The Star-Ledger of Newark (http://bit.ly/TWticV) reports that the Middlesex County jury deliberated for about 2 ½ hours on Tuesday in New Brunswick. They will resume deliberations on Wednesday.
Information from: The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com/starledger
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