(New Castle DE 19720) Last Monday, at approximately 7:50 p.m., patrol officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the unit block 550 S. DuPont Highway in the community of Castlebrook Apartments, New Castle for a report of an unresponsive 3-year-old male.
When the units arrived at the apartment complex, they were met by New Castle County Paramedics who reported that the child was unresponsive and had unstable vital signs. The child was then flown by helicopter to an area hospital for treatment.
The officers learned that the child was in the care of 22-year-old Taha Hassan El-Abbadi.
Detectives from the New Castle County Criminal Investigations Unit arrived at the scene and assumed the investigation. The detectives’ investigation revealed that there was sufficient evidence to charge El-Abbadi with Child Abuse 1st degree.
El-Abbadi was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 11 and held at Howard Young Correctional Facility in lieu of $60,000 cash-only bail.
Yesterday, (Aug 22) detectives received notification from the hospital, where the child had been admitted, that the child had died.
Detectives subsequently charged El-Abbadi with Murder by Abuse or Neglect in the First Degree. At the time of this news release, he is awaiting arraignment on this new charge.
The New Castle County Division of Police would like our community to know that if you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the New Castle County Division of Police Victim Services Unit is available to offer you support and resources through (302)395-8000.
(New Castle, De 19720) Since the beginning of April 2019, detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police Drug Control Unit have been actively investigating the Kemo Tobacco and Grocery Store, located in the Star Center, 3125 New Castle Ave, New Castle, DE 19720
Over the past four months, detectives spent numerous hours on surveillance at the location. The investigation revealed that 29-year-old Ashley Mathis and 44-year-old Jackie Boyd were using the grocery store as a front to run their illegal narcotics operation. Mathis and Boyd were utilizing an elaborate system of lookouts and drug runners positioned throughout the Star Center and the surrounding area.
Last Tuesday, (Aug 20th), the detectives, assisted by : New Castle County Division of Police SWAT, Special Investigations Unit, Mobile Enforcement Team, Mounted Patrol Unit, Traffic Services Unit, FBI SWAT, Delaware State Police SORT, US Department of Homeland Security and Delaware Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement, were able to orchestrate and simultaneously execute search warrants for the grocery store, four residences, and three vehicles.
Seized from the Unit block of Thorn Court in the Community of Rosegate was 283.5 grams of crack cocaine, $24,640.00 U.S. currency, 70 bags of heroin (0.49g), 11.5g of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and several cell phones.
Seized from the unit block on South Street, in the community of Hamilton Park was an S&W M&P Rifle w/ (8) .223 rounds in the magazine, 83 bags of heroin (.602g), and 2 oxycodone pills.
Seized from the unit block of Ryan Ave in the community of Rose Hill Gardens was 3.1g of crack cocaine and 84 bags of heroin (0.588g).
Seized from the Kemo Tobacco and Grocery Store was a Ruger 9mm handgun loaded w/ 17 rounds.
The owner of the store 24-year-old Abdo Saeed was charged with one count of felony Maintaining a Drug Property and one count felony of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony. He was arraigned by the Justice of Peace Court 11 and held in lieu of $63,000 cash bail.
Ashley Mathis was charged with six counts of felony Drug Dealing, Possession of Marijuana, possession of Drug Paraphernalia and one count of felony Conspiracy. She was arraigned by the Justice of the Peace Court 11 and held in lieu of $182,251 cash bail.
Jackie Boyd was charged with two counts of felony Drug Dealing, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and one count of felony Conspiracy. He was arraigned by the Justice of the Peace Court 11 and held in lieu of $92,000 cash bail.
Also arrested were:
18-year-old Ameer Morrow-Mable was charged with four counts of felony Drug Dealing, two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and one count of misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was arraigned by the Justice of the Peace Court 11 and released on $22,500 unsecured bail.
22-year-old Roland Byrd IV was charged with one count felony Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited and two counts of misdemeanor Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was arraigned by the Justice of the Peace Court 11 and held in lieu of $5000 secured bail
31-year-old Darry Williams was charged with five counts of Drug Dealing. He was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 2 and held in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.
The investigation is still ongoing and more than five additional arrests will be forthcoming.