A York County man has been charged with kidnapping a 7-month-old Delaware County boy who is missing and believed to be dead.
Ummad Rushdi, the boyfriend of the baby's mother, was taken into custody Tuesday night at his home in Windsor Township, according to police.
Investigators said the baby, Hamza Ali, was abducted Sunday from a home in Upper Darby, where Rushdi, the mother and the baby were visiting Rushdi's parents.
Police are searching for the boy and hope to find him alive, but fear he may be dead.
Upper Darby police superintendent Michael Chitwood said Rushdi may have killed the baby in his parents home early Sunday while everyone else was asleep, then put the baby in his car and fled to the York/Columbia area.
“Rushdi didn't want to share with the mother that the baby died, so he drove the baby out of that location,” Chitwood said.
Rushdi's car was found along Route 30 near Columbia. Authorities believe the 30-year-old may have buried the baby in the Columbia area or in a field near his Windsor Township home.
Police searched behind the home and in an area near the intersection of Route 30 and Route 441 on Wednesday.
Linda Sutcliff, who rents her home from Rushdi's brother, said Rushdi tried to run when police came looking for him.
“They came in to get Ummad and he ran out the back door,” she said. “He started to run and they caught him while he was running.”
Sutcliff said Rushdi was carrying a backpack. Investigators said it was full of cash and other items.
“I am waiting to see and I am praying that they find this boy fine, and he did not go to that extreme,” she said. “That is what we are hoping for.”
In addition to kidnapping, Rushdi currently is charged with unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, interfering with the custody of a child, and endangering the welfare of a child.
He is being held in the Delaware County Prison on $750,000 cash bail.