Father charged with murder in death of 2-week-old daughter

By: Chris Jose

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A father is now charged with murder in the death of his newborn daughter, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

An autopsy report released Tuesday says a 2-week-old found dead in the woods over the weekend died of blunt force trauma.

Christopher McNabb was charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery and concealing a death. Investigators believe he planned the murder.

Authorities said McNabb planned the murder and the cover-up of his own daughter.

McNabb was served with the warrants Wednesday morning while he was in jail on a different charge.

Two-week old Caliyah McNabb was reported missing by her mother on Saturday in Newton County.

A 911 call obtained by Channel 2 Action News reveals a 2-year old child was the first person to notice her newborn sister disappeared.

"My 2-year old says she's gone. I've looked everywhere in the house and I don't know another possibility," said Cortney Bell to a Newton County 911 operator.


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The operator asked Bell if she believed somebody took her baby.

"Her blanket is gone. Her pacifier is on the floor. Her blanket is not with us," said Bell.

Caliyah McNabb was reported missing from Covington. Her parents were brough in for questioning.
McNabb family

Bell told the operator she fell asleep on the couch inside her home. Bell says she last saw Caliyah at 5 a.m. on Saturday. Five hours later, she called 911.

"Me and him (Christopher McNabb) woke up together. She (2-year old daughter) woke us up together," said Bell.

The baby's father, McNabb, had been a person of interest since the baby's death. He was arrested on an unrelated charge, a probation violation out of Bartow County, after attempting to elude deputies on Sunday, according to investigators.

McNabb’s first appearance will be inside the Newton County Jail Thursday morning.

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