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Kidnapped baby still missing after search

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Police search Rushdi's home in Windsor Township Police search Rushdi's home in Windsor Township
Police search for Hamza Ali in Columbia Police search for Hamza Ali in Columbia
YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

Investigators said they still haven't found a baby boy who was kidnapped by a York County man and is believed to be dead.

Authorities since Wednesday have searched for 7-month-old Hamza Ali in a wooded area near Columbia, and at the Windsor Township home where the baby lived with his mother and her boyfriend, 30-year-old Ummad Rushdi.

Police believe Rushdi killed the baby early Sunday while he and his girlfriend were visiting his parents in Delaware County and buried it somewhere.

The search in Columbia, near the intersection of Route 30 and Route 441, continued for a third day Friday with about 12 officers and a police dog.

Police said they have found physical evidence indicating the baby was initially buried in the area, but was later moved to another location.

Court documents indicate that police in York County seized several items as evidence from the home in the 900 block of Castle Pond Drive; including a plastic grocery bag with clothing inside, a white and blue blanket with red stripes, Rushdi's Social Security card, and letters and other papers with his name.

The documents did not indicate whether the clothing was that of a child or an adult.

Rushdi is being held in the Delaware County Prison on $750,000 bail on kidnapping and related charges, but investigators said he hasn't told them where the baby is.

According to a search warrant affidavit, Rushdi told his brother that he killed the child by shaking him after the baby woke up crying and would not stop.

He told his brother that the baby went unconscious and he attempted CPR, but was unable to revive him, the warrant states.

Rushdi then took the child from the home and buried him, but did not tell his brother where he hid the body, the document states.

Court papers also indicate that Rushdi's girlfriend, Zainab Gaal, began calling family members when Rushdi had not returned with the baby by Sunday afternoon.

His brother, Jawwad Rushdi, initially told Gaal that he had not heard from Ummad, but later said Ummad was taking the baby to Gaal's mother's house in Maine, documents state.

Over the next two days, Jawwad continued to tell Gaal that Ummad was going to return the baby to Upper Darby. On Tuesday evening, however, he told Gaal that Ummad had killed the child and buried his remains, documents state.

A search warrant affidavit further indicates that police found a child's car seat and a shovel in the trunk of Jawwad Rushdi's 2000 Lincoln Continental, which Ummad had borrowed for the visit to his parent's house.

The Lincoln had been found by Columbia police Sunday afternoon near the intersection of Route 30 and Route 441, where it was stuck in the mud.

When police found Ummad Rushdi early Wednesday at the Windsor Township home, where he lived with Jawwad Rushdi and his family, investigators said he tried to run out a back door carrying a backpack with about $800 in cash, a knife and handcuffs.

 

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