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NEWARK, N.J. — A New Jersey man has pleaded not guilty after police say he told them he threw his 3-month-old daughter off a bridge.

Twenty-one-year-old Shamsiddi Abdur-Raheem appeared composed during his video arraignment Thursday in Newark. He is charged with kidnapping, attempted murder, aggravated assault and child endangerment.

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The child’s mother watched in court but had no visible reaction. Officials say she had sought a restraining order against Abdur-Raheem.

Officials say he snatched Zara Malani-lin Abdur from her grandmother Tuesday and told them he threw the girl off a river bridge.

Search teams have found no sign of the baby. State Police Sgt. Julian Castellanos says the mission is still a rescue attempt even though the odds of a baby surviving this long are slim.


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