On Wednesday the murder trial of Shamsid-Din Abdur-Raheem started. Abdur-Raheem is on trial for the murder of his 3-month-old daughter, Zara Malani-lin Abdur-Raheem, who he repeatedly admitted to throwing off a bridge on a New Jersey highway in February 2010.
Venetta Benjamin, the mother of the baby who had custody of the baby, left her with her mother, the baby’s grandmother. Even though Benjamin had sought a restraining order against Abdur-Raheem, he still came and took the baby.
According to prosecutors, in February 2010, Abdur-Raheem took the baby from her grandmothers apartment in East Orange, NJ. While he was snatching the baby, Abdur-Raheem reportedly assaulted the baby’s grandmother and even hit her with a van. He is reported to have driven to the Driscoll Bridge on the Garden State Parkway and tossed the baby into the Raritan River.
Several weeks after Abdur-Raheem abducted the baby she was found dead, by passerby, along the riverbank.
After killing his baby, Abdur-Raheem is charged with murder, kidnapping, aggravated assault and child endangerment and more.
Mishin Raheem, Abdur-Raheem’s father spoke about the case saying that his son and Benjamin, the mother of the baby, started dating during their freshman year at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. According to Raheem, the couple’s relationship was troubled right from the beginning.
The couple were never married.
The trial, which started on Wednesday, is expected to last approximately three weeks.