Ummad Rushdi, the man accused of kidnapping and killing his girlfriends 7 month old baby, Hamza Ali, will head to trial on charges of First, Second, and Third-Degree Murder, Kidnapping and other charges. Police say Rushdi confessed to shaking the baby to death the baby in Upper Darby Township. He said he tried to give him CPR, he wrapped him in a sheet and then drove to York County and buried him under a pile of sticks. Police have searched three counties, Delaware County, Lancaster County and York County but still have not found Hamza Ali. They believe Rushdi will not tell where he buried him because an autopsy would show he did much worse than shake him.
“I believed it was pre-meditated, he despised that child, he didn’t like that child, and he killed that child. And I think that is why he is not telling us because an autopsy would should the cause of that baby’s death. And I believe it was a horrible death,” said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.
Monday at a preliminary hearing in Delaware County Lt. William Kane and Captain George Rhoades Jr. both testified about the searches conducted, evidence collected and admissions made by Rushdi.
Zainab Gaal, Hamza Ali’s mother, and Rushdi’s former girlfriend testified about the events leading up to the baby’s disappearance on August 4th, and how Ummad Rushdi treated him.
“He mistreated her and the baby. He was physically and psychologically abusive toward that baby,” said Chitwood.
Defense Attorney Michael Malloy questioned the evidence presented. He asked whether investigators ever found blood, fibers, or even footprints in a wooded area they believe Rushdi first buried the baby in Lancaster County.
“I certainly thought the testimony was interesting and certainly some things I need to raise when it goes to the next level. As to the legal aspect of the case, I certainly have certain objections,” said Malloy.
Hamza Ali’s father sat quietly in the hearing. “I’m just hoping they give him what he deserves for killing that little kid and hopefully we find out the truth,” said Omar.
As police led Ummad Rushdi out of the courtroom he shook his head and shouted ‘let the truth be self evident.’ He will be tried on all charges. He will be arraigned November 6th in Delaware County.