Body, 5-Year-Old Boy Found In Howard County Home

JESSUP, Md. (WJZ) — A man was found dead inside a Howard County home.  His 5-year-old son was alive and by his side. 

Weijia Jiang explains police are figuring out why the victim was in a home that was not his and how he died.

Inside a  Jessup house, family members made a gruesome discovery: a stranger, dead in a basement closet, alongside his 5-year-old son, who was still alive.

“He started talking immediately.  First thing, he said he wanted something to drink.  His hands were contorted like he was holding something.  He kept saying, `My Daddy’s dead, my Daddy’s dead,'” said Barbara Wise, the homeowner’s daughter-in-law.

Police identify the victim as Najib Abdullah, 26.  They say he was on the run from authorities last week when he likely broke into the home to get away.  It’s located less than a mile from his own house.

“He assaulted the family member, then left the home with the child.  He was charged in a warrant for assault.  We were actively looking for him,” said Sherry Llewellyn, Howard County Police.

Wise believes Abdullah had been in the house since last Tuesday, when she noticed a broken back window.  Police officers responded, but did not find Abdullah and his son, who were hiding inside a closet.  Wise says her father-in-law owned the house, but passed away two weeks ago.

“My son and my husband went downstairs because the smell was so awful and we wanted to know if a dead animal had crawled in the house.  If they hadn’t gone down there, the little boy could have died as well, all those days without food and water,” Wise said.

As for Abdullah, police say there were no signs of trauma but they found drugs on his body.  They’re waiting for toxicology reports to determine a cause of death.

Police say the little boy was taken to the hospital for a check-up.  Now he’s staying with his mother and is in good health.

Court records reveal Abdullah has a long criminal past.  Police are investigating if it had anything to do with his death.

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  1. sheriff says:

    This story smells as bad as the corpse.

  2. RDNKKKGRL says:

    YEAH THAT STORY SOUNDS REALLY REALLY SUSPICIOUS I MEAN COME ON WAT 5 YR OLD IS GONNA SIT STILL THAT LONG…………………..NONE THAT I NO OF!!!

  3. Myneca Ojo says:

    I agree with the first post. This story sounds really strange…..

  4. ollie oxhillfree says:

    So no one looked in the closet?! Sounds like a top notch investigation by both police and the homeowners. That’s one step above covering yourself with a blanket and two steps above hiding your eyes and thinking no one can see you. Damn you and your clever deceptions Abdullah!
    I truly feel terrible for this poor kid. He is going to need LOTS of therapy. I hope he’s young enough to not remember over time. I imagine he will never want to play hide-n-seek ever again in his life. Which is pretty unfortunate since he is apparently really, really, really good at it.

  5. Doug says:

    Could have been some twisted act of a whacked out religious cult.
    That,or he kid is Damien 3

  6. Stephanie says:

    “They say he was on the run from authorities last week when he likely broke into the home to get away. It’s located less than a mile from his own house.

    “He assaulted the family member, then left the home with the child. He was charged in a warrant for assault. We were actively looking for him,” said Sherry Llewellyn, Howard County Police.” …..what? who assaulted the family memebers? in what house? and who left with the child? these sentences are so vague with all “he” and no mention of whether its the owner, the victim, or the suspect

  7. southguilford says:

    the first time this story was televised they said “his head was split open” now he has no blunt trauma to his head. And what the Hell does his criminal record have to do with anything. There tryna make him look as bad as they can so this “drug overdose” autopsy will stick, But we all know what’s really goin on. You dropped the ball Howard County Police so u wanna cover ur butts.

  8. Jean Samuels says:

    i agree with southguilford. they said he had a arguement with his fatherand now a family member.

  9. steven tasker says:

    im a friend of najib and we all know what killed him and his father should be charged for his death and if there was drugs in his pocket it was too take care of his kids he would not over dose on drugs check out news2 and see more on najib R.I.P hommie we all love you and you will be missed ……………………

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