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Police suspend search for kidnapped baby in Columbia

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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
COLUMBIA, Pa. (WHTM) -

Authorities looking for a baby boy allegedly kidnapped by a York County man have suspended their active search in Columbia.

Investigators last week spent several days going through a wooded area near the intersection of Route 30 and Route 441, but said Monday that the search for 7-month-old Hamza Ali has been exhausted.

The search would resume if new information indicated the baby's body might be buried in the area, police said.

Police believe the boyfriend of the baby's mother, 30-year-old Ummad Rushdi, killed the boy at his parents' home in Delaware County during the early morning of August 4 and buried him somewhere.

The car Rushdi had used for the trip, his brother's 2000 Lincoln Continental, was later found stuck in the mud in Columbia, and a child's car seat and a shovel were recovered from the trunk, according to court documents.

Authorities have also searched for the baby's remains the Windsor Township home where Rushdi lived with his girlfriend and the baby, and at the home of Rushdi's parents in Upper Darby.

Upper Darby police said they plan charge Rushi with homicide this week. He is currently being held in the Delaware County Prison on $750,000 bail on kidnapping and related charges.

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.

 

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