A Pennsylvania man has been arrested and accused of stealing his girlfriend 7-month-old boy from his crib and killing him because he was ‘interfering’ with the boyfriend’s relationship with the mother.
Police say Ummad Rushdi, 30, killed little Hamza Ali at Rushdi’s parents’ house in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, on Sunday. He then took the baby’s body to a rural road, where he buried it.
Authorities believe Rushdi harmed Hamza because he believed the child was standing in the way of Rushdi’s one-month relationship with the baby’s mother, Zainib Gaal.
Miss Gaal told officers she had known Rushdi for three weeks.
Despite extensive searches outside York and Columbia, Pennsylvania, police have not found the body of little Hamza.
However, they fear the worst.
“We don’t know where Hamza Ali is,” Upper Darby police superintendent, Michael Chitwood, told the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“We hope Hamza is alive. We don’t believe Hamza is alive”.
When police apprehended him at his home in York, they found with him a knife, a pair of handcuffs and $800.
Miss Gaal told officers she demanded to know where her son was when she awoke Sunday and found him missing.
However, she did not report Hamza missing until Tuesday because Rushdi’s brother told her Rushdi had taken the infant boy to visit her parents in Maine.
For three days she waited for words on her child.
On Tuesday night, Rushdi’s brother called and told her that, “Something very bad had happened to the baby,’ Chitwood told the Delaware County Daily Times reports.
It was then that she phoned police.
Police believe that Rushdi had beaten the infant just days before. Miss Gaal said she wanted to take Hamza to the hospital to have his shoulder examine, but Rusdhi and his family convinced her to treat the child at home instead.