Police analyzing more evidence in missing baby case

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New court documents in the search for a missing baby indicate that police found more than a child's safety seat and a shovel when they searched the car Ummad Rushdi was driving after he allegedly kidnapped his girlfriend's son, 7-month-old Hamza Ali.

According to a receipt of seized property filed by Upper Darby police, investigators found two receipts for merchandise purchased at a Walmart store in Chester County during the early morning of August 4.

Police believe Rushdi killed the baby at his parents' home in Upper Darby earlier in the morning and took the body from the home while the mother and others were sleeping. Authorities said he has refused to tell anyone where he buried the body.

One of the receipts found on the floor of the front passenger seat was for $6.60 in merchandise and was dated August 4 at 4:22 a.m. The other was for $1.97 in merchandise and was dated August 4 at 4:37 a.m., according to the documents.

The list of 25 other items seized from the car included a child's shirt that was stuck to a plastic glove in a pouch behind the front passenger seat.

In the trunk, the documents reveal police found an opened box of vinyl disposable gloves with a brownish stain, a gray plastic bag containing a black children's shirt, and a gray sweatshirt with brown marks.

Numerous scent pads had been placed on the child safety seat in the trunk, on the driver's seat, and on the steering wheel and controls, according to the documents.

Police announced Thursday that they were ending their active search for the baby near Rushdi's home in Windsor Township and at the intersection of Route 30 and Route 441 in Columbia, where police found the Lincoln stuck in the mud during the afternoon of August 4.

Authorities are pursuing homicide charges against the 30-year-old Rushdi, who
is currently jailed in the Delaware County Prison on kidnapping and
related charges.

According to court documents, Rushdi told his
brother that he shook the boy after he woke up crying. When the baby went unconscious and could not be revived, Rushdi
said he took the child from the home and buried him, but did not tell
his brother where he hid the body.

Police have said it's likely Rushdi buried the remains because injuries would
show the baby had been abused and tortured for months.

 

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