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Grand jury indicts man with murder in death of 2-week-old daughter

A Newton County grand jury on Friday indicted the man accused of killing his 2-week-old daughter and attempting to hide her body in the woods. 

Christopher Michael McNabb, 27. was indicted on eight charges, including malice murder, felony murder, second-degree murder, aggravated battery and concealing the death of another. McNabb is accused of killing baby Caliyah inside the family’s home by striking her in the head, according to investigators. Then, he allegedly wrapped her in a blanket and T-shirt, put her in a bag and attempted to hide her under debris, arrest warrants said.

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Caliyah’s mother, Cortney Bell, called 911 Oct. 7 to report the baby missing, telling the operator she had fed the baby at 5 a.m. before falling asleep on the couch. When she woke up, her 2-year-old daughter told her the baby was missing, Bell said. 

The following day, searchers found Caliyah’s body in the woods near her home. McNabb was arrested and remained Friday in the Newton jail, where he was being held without bond. 

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