Stepfather Charged with Beating 10-year-old to Death

April 18, 2012 Updated Apr 18, 2012 at 7:17 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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April 18, 2012 Updated Apr 18, 2012 at 7:17 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - A 40-year-old Buffalo man is behind bars, accused of beating his stepson to death. The body of 10-year-old Abdifatah Mohamud was discovered in the basement of a Guilford Street home Tuesday night around 10:45 p.m. by police. Buffalo Police responded to the home after receiving a 911 call of a missing 10-year-old boy.

"They found a deceased 10-year-old male in the basement of the house and there were obvious signs of foul play where the deceased was found," said Buffalo Police Chief of Detectives Dennis Richards.

Buffalo Police say the child's stepfather, 40-year-old Ali Mohamad Mohamud, was a suspect in the case and was located at headquarters of the Buffalo News, where he works as a security guard, within an hour of the call. Police say Mohamad Mohamud is from Somalia, and there was initial concerns he would flee the area, but police arrested him without incident. The 40-year-old gave a statement to police, allegedly admitting he bound up the 10-year-old, stuffed a sock in his mouth and covered it with duct-tape before beating him to death.

"I can't imagine what a 10-year-old could do to deserve, anyone really, to deserve death," said Neighbor Audrey Robinson-Powell. "Especially an innocent child. I'm in disbelief to tell you the truth."

The 10-year-old boy attended Buffalo's International Preparatory School. According to administrators, the District's Crisis Team joined the school's Student Support Team to provide counseling for fellow students Wednesday.Mohamad Mohamud is now facing 2nd degree murder and plead not guilty to the charges against him. He's expected back in court for a felony hearing Monday.