Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: August 3, 2013 from Upper Darby, Delaware County, Pennsylvania
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: January 8, 2013
Age: 7 months
Weight: 12 lbs
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Case Number: 13-31793
NCMEC Number: 1251042
Details of Disappearance
Hamza was last seen on August 3, 2013. Hamza has been missing and presumed dead since his mother's boyfriend, Ummad Rushdi, 30, of Windsor, York County, admitted killing the baby to his brother and police.
Ali was reported missing from Rushdi’s parents’ home in Upper Darby by his mother, Zainab Gaal, 20, on August 4. Ummad Rushdi told her he could kill the child and get away with murder. Gaal said she awoke around 10 a.m. that morning to find Rushdi and her son missing. She was initially told by Rushdi’s family that he had taken the baby to the park, but later was told he was taking her son to Maine.
Police have said Gaal and Ummad Rushdi were involved in a rocky relationship; Rushdi felt the baby was getting in the way. When the 20-year-old woman threatened to leave, Rushdi would strike out at her, causing her to fear for her and her child’s safety.
Ummad Rushdi told police the baby was crying the night of August 3 so he brought him upstairs and shook him to quiet him. But the baby stopped breathing. He wrapped the baby in a sheet and took him to York, where he put him under a pile of sticks. He later went back and got the baby’s body, then buried him elsewhere.
Rushdi’s brother’s car was located off of Route 441 in Lancaster County, down an access road that leads to a power plant. The four-door sedan had been abandoned after it became stuck on a log. A pillowcase that was later identified as having come from Rushdi’s York County home was located near the car by a bloodhound searching for signs of decomposition. The dog also hit on a pile of brush not far from where the car was located.
Extensive searches in three counties have failed to locate the baby’s remains. Upper Darby police charged Rushdi with first-degree murder even though the body had not been located. Foul play is suspected.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Upper Darby Police Department (Pennsylvania)
Detective Edward Siberstein
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children