Police continue to investigate body found in Jessup house

Najib Malik Abdullah's body found with young son, who was unharmed

May 01, 2011|By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

Howard County police continued Sunday to investigate the mysterious death of a Jessup man whose body was found Saturday in the basement of a vacant house, next to his 5-year-old son, who authorities say was unharmed.

Police said Sunday that they do not know how Najib Malik Abdullah, 26, died or when he and his son entered the ranch-style house in the 8700 block of Mary Lane in Jessup. No one has been living in the home and police said it appears Abdullah broke a window to get inside.

The owner of the house had recently died and the house was empty, police said. When the late homeowner's relatives, who had been taking care of the house, discovered a broken window on Wednesday, they called police.

Police "searched the house and found nothing disturbed or missing," said Sherry Llewellyn, a spokeswoman for the Howard County Police Department. "They did not find anyone inside the house at that time."

Apparently believing someone had broken into the house, relatives went back inside Saturday afternoon, found the body and the boy, and called police again, police said. A neighbor said the two were found in a basement closet. Llewellyn said on Sunday that "we are reviewing the circumstances of that call" on Saturday.

Floyd Crisp, 50, who has lived for two years across the street from the house where the body was found, said many family members of Abdullah visited on Saturday. He described them as very angry, saying that police should have found the boy during an initial search.

"I can understand their grief," he said. "I'm just glad the kid is OK. It's kind of a sad story," he said from his open garage.

Abdullah's last known address is less than a mile away, in the 8600 block of Pine Road. That house is a dilapidated bungalow with a sagging roof set away from the road. A neighbor said a family had lived there until several months ago. No one answered at the door Sunday.

Llewellyn said she did not know where the boy was staying, but on Saturday, he had been taken to Howard County General Hospital and was in good condition, police said. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the cause of Abdullah's death.

Police said Abdullah was last seen Tuesday leaving a relative's home after a domestic incident.

Abdullah had an extensive criminal history; in 2008 he pleaded guilty to drug-related charges and served a three-year sentence, according to electronic court records. Two years earlier, he received a 10-month sentence for possessing an illegal firearm. He also pled guilty to assault and armed robbery charges, serving shorter sentences several years earlier.


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