Search for 3-Month-Old Baby in NJ River Resumes

Friday, Feb 19, 2010  |  Updated 10:31 AM EDT
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Search for 3-Month-Old Baby in NJ River Resumes

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The father of 3-month-old Zara Malani-Lin Abdur claims to have thrown her over a bridge Tuesday night.

State Police have resumed a search for a 3-month-old whose father told police he threw off a bridge into a New Jersey river Tuesday.

     State Police Sgt. Stephen Jones says three boats are being used, including one with side-scan sonar. Divers could be used, too.
    
Aircraft are also searching along banks of the Raritan River and area roads.
    
Police say 21-year-old Shamsid-Din Abdur-Raheem, of Galloway, told them Tuesday that he threw his daughter, Zara Malani-lin Abdur, off the Driscoll Bridge on the Garden State Parkway.
    
Abdur-Raheem is charged with attempted murder.
    
Meanwhile, acting state Attorney General Paula Dow says she's investigating why an Amber Alert wasn't activated after police said Abdur-Raheem snatched the child from her grandmother in East Orange.
    
By the time officials were ready to issue an alert, he was already in custody.
 

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