This guy truly ain’t isht!
A New Jersey man was convicted today of kidnapping and murdering his 3-month-old daughter when he threw her off a bridge on the Garden State Parkway.
Shamsiddin Abdur-Raheem, who authorities say tossed the girl off the Driscoll Bridge into the Raritan River, was also convicted of endangering the welfare of a child. He was acquitted of attempted murder of the baby’s grandmother, but he was convicted of assault and assault with an automobile.
The jury deliberated for two hours this morning. In total, deliberations lasted nine hours in the three-week trial, which was heard by Superior Court Judge Bradley Ferencz.
Abdur-Raheem testified during the trial that he believed the baby was dead when he threw her off the bridge.
When asked why he did it, the 24-year-old said, “I don’t know.”
He denied that he intended to harm Leno Benjamin, Zara’s grandmother, when he arrived at her East Orange apartment to see his daughter on Feb. 16, 2010. He also denied intending to kill her when he struck her with his van when he pulled out of the parking lot with the baby in the backseat.
But prosecutors charged he forced his way into the apartment and forcibly took the baby from Benjamin after punching her, choking her and pushing her to the ground.
Prosecutors said he tried to kill Benjamin when she ran after him and planted herself in front of the van he was driving in an effort to keep him from escaping with Zara.
Video showed him striking the woman who ended up on the front hood of his vehicle. She was taken about 10 or 15 feet before she was able to get off.
Abdul-Raheem testified that he went to the parkway and traveled south, heading for his apartment in Atlantic County or his parents’ home in Camden County.
When he got to the Driscoll Bridge, he stopped on the right shoulder at the top of the bridge and threw Zara off the bridges to the river, 140 feet below.
The baby’s remains were found two months later by two surveyors along the riverbank in Sayreville, just east of the Driscoll Bridge. An autopsy determined Zara died from drowning due to blunt force trauma.
Abdur-Raheem continued south to Atlantic City where he met with his iman to whom he confessed that he “put my daughter in the water.” He then confessed to his parents and police.
That poor precious innocent child! Our prayers go out to her family, especially her poor grandmother who is likely traumatized for life after having the baby ripped from her arms and then being hit by this shady mofo’s vehicle.
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