The mother of a baby who was found dead in a wooded area in Georgia has been charged in the two-week-old baby’s death.
The child, Caliyah McNabb, was reported missing in October in Newton County, Georgia. She was later found dead in a bag near the home, and her father, Christopher McNabb, was charged in her death.
The infant’s mother, Cortney Bell, was arrested Saturday in connection with her daughter’s death, WSB-TV reported.
Bell was arrested in the parking lot of a Home Depot in Conyers, Georgia, and when she was taken into custody, police charged her with second-degree murder, deprivation of a minor, and cruelty to children, according to the report.
#BREAKING Newton County Sheriff's Office confirms the arrest of Cortney Bell, the mother of two-week-old Caliyah McNabb. The baby's body was found in a wooded area. Both Bell and the father, Christopher McNabb, are facing murder charges. #fox5atl pic.twitter.com/4Y1n7jr9vt
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According to a 911 call, Bell’s 2-year-old child was the first to notice that Caliyah went missing. “My 2-year old says she’s gone. I’ve looked everywhere in the house and I don’t know another possibility,” Bell told a Newton County 911 operator, according to WSB-TV.
“Her blanket is gone. Her pacifier is on the floor. Her blanket is not with us,” said Bell.
Breaking: Mother arrested in connection with 2-week-old baby's death https://t.co/3TqnmKCRnK I took this picture of October 8th, the day search volunteers discovered Caliyah McNabb’s body in the woods near her parent’s mobile home. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/lNLOUW3Aw9
— Chris Jose (@ChrisJoseWSB) January 6, 2018
Bell then said she fell asleep on a couch in her home, and that she saw the child five hours before she called the authorities.
Caliyah, an autopsy revealed, died from blunt-force trauma, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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McNabb, 27, has remained in a jail in Newton without bond since his arrest in October.
He was charged with malice murder, felony murder, second-degree murder, aggravated battery, and concealing the death of another.
According 11Alive, before he was charged in connection with the case, McNabb had been telling people that he didn’t do it. Shortly after a search party found the the child but before he knew about it, McNabb reportedly walked into a convenience store and told a clerk, without being asked, that he “didn’t do it.”