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Police resume search for missing baby

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

Police have resumed their search for a baby who was kidnapped from a Philadelphia-area home over a week ago and is believed to be buried somewhere in York or Lancaster county.

Upper Darby Police Chief Michael Chitwood said Tuesday that four criminal investigators have been sent to central Pennsylvania to search for 7-month-old Hamza Ali.

Police believe 30-year-old Ummad Rushdi, the boyfriend of the baby's mother, killed the child during the early morning of August 4 at Rushdi's parents' home in Upper Darby and buried the body somewhere.

Chitwood said investigators planned to search again at Rushdi's home in the 900 block of Castle Pond Drive in Windsor Township, and in a nature area along Camp Betty Washington Road in neighboring York Township.

He said authorities also planned to resume their search in Columbia, where the car Rushdi drove from Upper Darby was found stuck in the mud. Divers have also searched the Susquehanna River near Columbia.

The search was expected to continue throughout the week.

Once the search has been exhausted, Chitwood said police would pursue homicide charges against Rushdi, who is currently jailed in the Delaware County Prison on kidnapping and related charges.

"The most difficult thing in this particular case is that there is a small baby buried out there somewhere, and the only person, that we're aware of at this point, who knows where is the defendant, and he is not cooperating" Chitwood told abc27 News Tuesday. "Obviously, he's a coward and a gutless individual who murdered this small child."

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 put the body, the document states.

Chitwood said police believe Rushdi hid the baby's body because injuries would show that the death was not accidental, but reveal that he been abusing the boy for months.

Tuesday afternoon detectives left Rushdi's home with several boxes, but it's unclear what they discovered.

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