Police arrest 2 in mother, newborn disappearance case

Cobb County police said there are many unanswered questions remaining about the hours  a woman  and her newborn daughter were missing before they were found at houses in separate counties.

"It is a very unusual case to the extent of when our investigators actually got involved in it," said Cobb County police Sgt. Dana Pierce.

Police were called when the staff at the Austell Inn and Suites at 7377 Riverside Parkway found "blood-soaked linens" and a mattress "contaminated with blood" Saturday afternoon, Pierce said.

That is where they believe Holly Daenette Parker-Heard, 27, gave birth on Saturday.

Police also were called by Parker-Heard's mother after she received a text message with a picture of her new granddaughter.

The day after police started looking for the new mother and her baby, Parker-Heard was found at an "undisclosed" house in Cobb County. Police questioned her at the hospital Sunday and she was well enough to take them to a house in elMableton where she and her daughter were taken and then separated.

At the same time, Carroll County authorities received a tip telling them where they could find the baby and the midwife who helped deliver her, Rebecca Mclarty.

Mclarty, 39, was arrested on charges of kidnapping and cruelty to children Monday morning and a warrant was issued for a "co-conspirator," Christian Turner, also 39, Pierce said. Turner also is charged with kidnapping and cruelty to children.

Turner, an alias for Scott Alan McDaniel, was arrested around 6:30 p.m. Monday. Cobb police said authorities caught McDaniel, 42, as he was walking out of the woods in the Carrollton area.

McDaniel is in the Cobb County Jail.

Pierce did not know if the mother and baby had been reunited Monday afternoon.

"The mother's fine. The infant's fine," Pierce told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

He declined to say if the mother is suspected of any wrong-doing.

"I'm not going to get into specifics [of whether] this was a business deal," Pierce said.

Staff writer Kristi E. Swartz contributed to this article.