Police are investigating the death of a newborn baby left in a duffel bag in Newton County, Georgia.
The bag was left in a wooded area. The parents of the girl, Caliyah McNabb, said she was fed and changed at 5 a.m. on Saturday and was put to bed with her sister at the family’s home at the Eagle Point Mobile Park in Covington, CBS affiliate WGCL-TV reported.
They went and checked on the child at 10 a.m. and she was gone.
Police issued a search warrant for the home, and family members were then questioned, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The child’s disappearance was deemed suspicious.
A search party was formed and searched for the baby in a wooded area nearby the home.
On Sunday, Oct. 8, at 3 p.m., the child was found in a duffel bag, said the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.
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The father, Christopher McNabb, took off running when he found out the child’s body was discovered. The mother was questioned and released by police.
McNabb was found hours later at a store and was charged with a probation violation.
The child’s grandfather, Tim Bell, said that although she was only 15 days old, he had a bond with her.
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“She was tiny. You had to feed her every two hours. You had to change her little diapers. Her little head was the size of a tennis ball. She was so little. She was just precious,” said Bell to the CBS affiliate.
“From the first time you pick them up, there’s love there. That love is broken. It hurts like I have never hurt before.”
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The cause of death will be determined after an autopsy.