Cortney Bell, 24, was arrested Saturday afternoon in a Home Depot parking lot. 
Photo: Newton County Sheriff’s Office
Photo: Newton County Sheriff’s Office

UPDATE: Newton County mother charged in death of 2-week-old Caliyah

Three months ago, a Newton County mother called 911 to report that her 2-week-old daughter was missing from the family’s mobile home. Now, the same mother is in jail, accused of killing baby Caliyah. 

Cortney Bell, 24, was indicted on second-degree murder, child cruelty and child deprivation charges, Newton DA Layla Zon said. All three are felonies, and Bell was arrested Saturday afternoon. She was being held without bond Sunday at the county jail. 

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Bell called 911 on Oct. 7 to report that little Caliyah McNabb was missing from the family’s mobile home. The following day, the baby’s body was found and investigators arrested her father, Christopher McNabb. An autopsy determined Caliyah died from blunt force trauma to the head. 

McNabb, 27, has remained in the Newton jail without bond since his arrest. He was also indicted Friday on eight counts, including malice murder, felony murder, second-degree murder, aggravated battery and concealing the death of another. 

On the morning of October 7th authorities were called to report a 15 day old infant missing fromher Newton home. Here is the audio from that call.

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