Hamza Ali is feared dead after his mother’s boyfriend, Ummad Rushdi, took the boy, police said.
Ummad Rushdi, 30, currently faces kidnapping charges as cops continue to search for little Hamza Ali’s corpse.
Police say Rushdi and Hamza’s mother, 20-year-old Zainab Gaal, were together on Sunday in the Philadelphia suburb of Upper Darby when he abruptly left early in the morning, taking the child with him. The couple had dated for about a month.
Ummad Rushdi was arrested Wednesday, charged with kidnapping 7-month-old Hamza Ali, who police now believe is dead.
Police suspect Rushdi buried the boy somewhere along his route home to York, Pa.
Ummad Rushdi confessed to a relative he shook baby Hamza Ali to death, because the child was crying, according to police.
Police did release a photo of Hamza on the off chance he was still alive, but they’ve made it clear they consider that unlikely.
“Our investigation indicates he probably killed the baby and buried the baby in a field in York (County) … We’ve got cadaver dogs coming in from the state police and the FBI, and we’re trying to find the baby’s body based on the information we have that led to the arrest of Rushdi,” Upper Darby Township Police Supt. Michael Chitwood told the York Daily Record.
Police have focused their search for 7-month-old Hamza Ali’s body on the land near the home of his mother’s boyfriend, 30-year-old Ummad Rushdi in York County, Pa.
Upper Darby cops knocked on Rushdi’s door on Wednesday, but he fled out the back, police said. They quickly arrested him on charges on the kidnapping charge.
Police continued the search for Hamza on Thursday.
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