Raheem Murphy charged for allegedly threatening to throw baby off I-95 in Northeast Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The man arrested for allegedly threatening the mother of his child and her baby, including threatening to throw the baby off an Interstate 95 overpass in northeast Philadelphia, has been identified.

Raheem Murphy, 35, faces a range of charges including aggravated assault, kidnapping and endangering the welfare of a child.

During Thursday’s incident, Philadelphia prosecutors said Murphy not only threatened the woman and child, but also a Good Samaritan who intervened.

According to investigators, it all started when Murphy pulled out a gun during a domestic argument with his child’s mother, threatening her life, the baby’s life and his own.

He then allegedly abducted the woman and baby and drove them to the Cottman Avenue exit area of ​​Interstate 95.

Murphy then stopped the car, grabbed the baby and threatened to throw the child off the overpass, the prosecutors’ office said.

Action News spoke to Good Samaritan Christine King of Bensalem, Bucks County, who helped save the child.

King said she saw what happened and pulled over.

“I couldn’t just pass after seeing the baby. And after seeing him try to knock the baby over, I couldn’t let go,” King said.

King said without much thought she jumped in to try and help the couple.

“I said, ‘Give me the baby.’ And I put my hand around the baby to pull the baby from him while she was trying to pull the baby too and I said, ‘Give me the baby.’ He said, ‘Get off my baby, I’m gonna shoot you. I’m gonna shoot you,'” King said.

She said the child’s mother had the presence of mind to take Murphy’s gun out of his pocket while he was distracted.

“She was walking behind him, he was shaking so he didn’t know it was in his pocket and that’s when she got the gun out of his pocket. Then she put them in her pocket,” King said.

King said she and the woman tried to calm him down and hand the baby to him.

She said Murphy still had the baby when police arrived, and officers were able to safely take the baby from him.

Murphy resisted arrest, the state attorney’s office said, and assaulted the state police officer before being taken into custody.

Murphy is being held on $1.5 million bail. He is also under an order to stay away and must undergo a psychiatric evaluation, the prosecutor’s office said.

The prosecutor’s office also shared the following resources for victims of domestic violence:

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-888-799-SAFE (7233)

Women Against Abuse: 1-866-723-3014

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