NJ Police to Issue Amber Alert in Family Disputes

Wednesday, Apr 28, 2010  |  Updated 4:01 PM EDT
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NJ Police to Issue Amber Alert in Family Disputes

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The body of a baby was found the morning of April 24. The clothing and wrappings in which the child were found are consistent with the descriptions given in relation to three-month-old Zara Malani-Lin Abdur-Raheem.

New Jersey will now issue Amber Alerts in family abduction cases.

Attorney General Paula Dow announced the change Wednesday that she hopes will eliminate confusion when alerts are needed.

The revision follows the disappearance of 3-month-old Zara Malani-Lin Abdur-Raheem. Prosecutors say her father 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. There were questions whether the father meant to harm the child.

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.

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