A Georgia man has been charged with murder after he allegedly stuffed his 15-day-old daughter in a bag and abandoned her in the woods.
Police in Newton County, Georgia said Christopher McNabb, 27, is being charged with malice murder, felony murder and other charges involving the death of his infant daughter, Caliyah, the Daily Mail reports.
The search for baby Caliyah began last weekend when her mother, Courtney Bell, and McNabb called police to report that their daughter was missing from her crib, according to the report. The couple told authorities that they fed and changed their daughter at 5 a.m. Saturday and then put her to sleep, but when they went into her bedroom five hours later, she was missing.
On Sunday, authorities said they found baby Caliyah’s body wrapped in a bag under a log in the woods behind Eagle Point Mobile Park.
Authorities said they were “suspicious” of the story that the parents told.
“A 15-day-old child obviously didn’t leave by themselves,” Keith Crum with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office told Channel 2 Action News.
They said they arrested McNabb; they also brought Bell in for questioning but later released her. It is not yet known if Bell will face charges.
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An autopsy is being done to determine the baby girl’s exact cause of death, according to authorities.
In the United States, all 50 states have safe haven laws to protect babies from abandonment and infanticide. Save haven laws allow mothers in crisis to leave their newborns in a safe environment, such as a hospital or fire station, without questions or repercussions. Several European and Asian countries also have safe haven laws or other protections in place for newborns and women in crisis.
However, many people are not aware of these laws.
If you or someone you know would like more information about relinquishing a newborn child, please call 1-866-99BABY1 or go to www.SafeHavenLaw.com.