Father of baby found dead under log charged with murder

Christopher McNabb charged with murder

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NEWTON COUNTY, Georgia - The father of a Georgia baby who was found dead under a log in the woods has been charged with murder.

Christopher McNabb was arrested following the discovery of his 15-day-old infant daughter's body Sunday.

He was initially charged with an unrelated probation violation. On Wednesday, the Newton County Sheriff's Office announced the murder charge.

No bond was issued and McNabb was set to appear in court Thursday.

Caliyah McNabb, who was born premature on Sept. 23, was found under a log about a quarter of a mile from her home, according to Newton County Sheriff's Capt. Keith Crum.

She weighed just five pounds.

The infant's mother was questioned by police and released, WGCL reported. She is not considered a person of interest.

Officials wanted immediately to speak with the father, Christopher McNabb, but were not able to locate him immediately after the infant was found.

According to local reports, Mr. McNabb was later found near a convenience store where witnesses said he told them he didn't kill his baby.

McNabb was arrested Sunday evening on the unrelated violation and brought in for questioning.

Also released Tuesday was the 911 call made by Caliyah's mother on Saturday.

In the call, Cortney Bell said she was up much of the night with the infant before she accidentally fell asleep on the couch.

After feeding little Caliyah at 5 a.m., Bell told dispatchers she fell asleep until she was awoken hours later to her 2-year-old daughter telling her the baby was gone.

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