Delco DA to seek death penalty in case of missing baby

Posted: November 09, 2013

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for the York County man charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend's infant son, last seen alive Aug. 4 at an Upper Darby home, the Delaware County District Attorney's Office said Thursday.

Ummad Rushdi, 30, allegedly told police he shook 7-month-old Hamza Ali because the infant would not stop crying, then made a failed attempt at CPR before he buried the infant somewhere in the York area. He has not told police the precise location of the body.

Police have conducted intensive searches for months but have found no remains.

Rushdi has been charged with first-, second-, and third-degree murder. The case is unusual in that no body has been found, but investigators and prosecutors believe the evidence is sufficient for a conviction.

According to court documents and police, Rushdi made no secret of his dislike for the baby, whom he felt was interfering with his relationship with Zainab Gaal, 30.

He allegedly told Gaal he wanted to get rid of the infant and was going to take him to Maine to the home of his maternal grandparents and threatened to throw the boy off a bridge.


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