Dad captured hours after 2-week-old baby found dead in woods

A Newton County family has confirmed their 15-day-old girl is dead and police have captured the father, who fled shortly before being named a person of interest.

Caliyah McNabb's parents called 911 when they noticed she was missing around 10 a.m. Saturday, Channel 2 Action News reported. They told officials she was fed at 5 a.m. and she was gone when they woke up.

Investigators said the Saturday morning disappearance was suspicious and sheriff's deputies with dogs searched a 2-mile radius around the Eagle Point trailer park in Covington. 

Family members found her in a duffel bag in the woods on Sunday, Channel 2 reported.

Caliyah McNabb (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

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The father, Chris McNabb, left about the time his daughter’s body was discovered, family members confirmed to Channel 2. The sheriff’s department is awaiting an official autopsy.

Chris McNabb jumped out of his girlfriend’s car and ran, the news station reported.

He was captured shortly before 8 p.m.

Chris McNabb (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

The mother was taken into custody for questioning, but officials have not named either parent a suspect. 

"She was so tiny. So innocent," said Caliyah's grandfather, Tim Bell.

The sheriff's office said Saturday Caliyah's disappearance was suspicious because she was so young.

"A 15-day-old child obviously didn't leave by themselves," said Keith Crum with the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

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It started out as a missing child report but was immediately treated it as a potential homicide or kidnapping, Crum said.

Family members are puzzled about how the newborn disappeared.

"She's just a little baby,” Bell said. “Stuff like this ain't supposed to happen.”

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