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Feb 17, 2010 1:37 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

NJ man tells police he tossed baby off bridge

New Jersey State Police are searching for a 3-month-old girl after her father told them he threw his daughter off a bridge and into a river.

The search Wednesday is centered around the Garden State Parkway's Driscoll Bridge, which spans the Raritan River between Sayreville and Woodbridge, and is across the bay from New York's Staten Island.

Authorities say Shamsiddin Abdur-Raheem grabbed the girl from the child's grandmother in East Orange Tuesday afternoon and fled. Police found 21-year-old Abdur-Raheem at a relative's home about five hours later. Winslow police Lt. Michael Hoffman says the man told officers he had been driving south on the parkway when he pulled over and threw his daughter off the bridge.

Abdur-Raheem did not have custody of his daughter, and he and the child's mother are not married.

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