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Chris McNabb charged after infant daughter is found dead

  • Chris McNabb was charged with murder after police found his 15-day-old daughter in the woods
  • McNabb and his girlfriend, Courtney Bell, initially told police their daughter had disappeared Saturday
  • McNabb fled shortly after Caliyah McNabb, his daughter, was found dead, while the child's crying mother was questioned by authorities and later released
  • McNabb jumped out of a car when he learnt Caliyah's body had been found
  • Officials found him at a gas station car wash where they arrested him
  • He has been charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery and concealing the death of baby Caliyah

By Jessa Schroeder and Michelle Ganney For Dailymail.com

Published: 02:59 EDT, 12 October 2017 | Updated: 03:10 EDT, 12 October 2017

Chris McNabb (pictured in a mugshot) was charged with murder after police found his 15-day-old daughter in the woods 
Chris McNabb (pictured in a mugshot) was charged with murder after police found his 15-day-old daughter in the woods 

Chris McNabb (pictured in a mugshot) was charged with murder after police found his 15-day-old daughter in the woods 

A father whose infant daughter was found dead inside a duffel bag in Covington, Georgia has been charged with murder, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Wednesday.

Christopher McNabb, 27, was charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery and concealing the death of his 15-day-old baby Caliyah after she was found in the woods behind Eagle Point Trailer Park on Sunday.

Authorities arrested McNabb later that day after he was named a person of interest and fled when the baby was discovered by volunteer searchers wrapped in a blue cloth.

Police said they received a report from McNabb and the baby's mother, Courtney Bell, who claimed Caliyah went missing after she was put back to bed following a feeding inside their home at Eagle Point Mobile Park.

Caliyah McNabb (pictured here) was found dead in the woods near Eagle Point Trailer Park in Covington on Sunday
Caliyah McNabb (pictured here) was found dead in the woods near Eagle Point Trailer Park in Covington on Sunday
Caliyah McNabb (pictured here) was found dead in the woods near Eagle Point Trailer Park in Covington on Sunday
Caliyah McNabb (pictured here) was found dead in the woods near Eagle Point Trailer Park in Covington on Sunday

The baby, Caliyah McNabb, was found dead in the woods near Eagle Point Trailer Park in Covington on Sunday

The mother of the dead baby - Courtney Bell (pictured here in tears) has not been named a person of interest in the case
The mother of the dead baby - Courtney Bell (pictured here in tears) has not been named a person of interest in the case

The mother of the dead baby - Courtney Bell (pictured here in tears) has not been named a person of interest in the case

The parents told officials that Caliyah was fine when they fed and changed her at 5 a.m. Saturday but five hours later when they went into her bedroom, she was gone. 

Police said the situation was 'suspicious,' according to WSBTV and the case went from a missing child incident to a homicide. 

Chris McNabb called police claiming his daughter disappeared Saturday morning
Chris McNabb called police claiming his daughter disappeared Saturday morning

Chris McNabb called police claiming his daughter disappeared Saturday morning

A passerby shows the scene of the crime where Caliyah was found dead in the woods
A passerby shows the scene of the crime where Caliyah was found dead in the woods

A passerby shows the scene of the crime where Caliyah was found dead in the woods

Pictured here is the crime scene where the 15-day-old girl was left in a duffel bag 
Pictured here is the crime scene where the 15-day-old girl was left in a duffel bag 

Pictured here is the crime scene where the 15-day-old girl was left in a duffel bag 

'A fifteen-day-old child obviously didn't leave by themselves,' Newton County Sheriff's Dept. Capt. Keith Crum said. 

Volunteers were searching a wooded area near the family home Sunday when they discovered the infant's body under a log.

Police went looking for McNabb Sunday evening, as according to Crum, McNabb was in his girlfriend's car when he found out that his daughter's body had been found.

He allegedly jumped out of the car at the intersection of Highway 36 and Covington By-Pass Road and ran away. 

She told police that her daughter was absolutely fine Saturday morning at 5 a.m. but then when they went to her bedroom at 10 a.m. she was nowhere to be seen
She told police that her daughter was absolutely fine Saturday morning at 5 a.m. but then when they went to her bedroom at 10 a.m. she was nowhere to be seen

She told police that her daughter was absolutely fine Saturday morning at 5 a.m. but then when they went to her bedroom at 10 a.m. she was nowhere to be seen

Volunteers (pictured here) were searching a wooded area near the home of the family Sunday when they discovered the infant's body under a log
Volunteers (pictured here) were searching a wooded area near the home of the family Sunday when they discovered the infant's body under a log

Volunteers (pictured here) were searching a wooded area near the home of the family Sunday when they discovered the infant's body under a log

Officials then found him at a gas station car wash where they arrested him immediately on a probation violation. 

A distraught Bell was taken to police headquarters where she gave a statement, and was later released - while the child's father was missing.

The infant's body is currently being held at a coroner's office where an autopsy will take place.

It will be conducted at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation headquarters so officials can determine the child's identity and exact cause of death. 

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