Caliyah Mcnabb was only 2-week-old when her mother, Courtney Bell, dialed 911 on Saturday morning to report her missing. The recording was recently released by Newton County authorities.
According to 911 call, Bell’s 2-year-old child woke her up and told her that baby Caliyah was missing. Bell stated that the child’s father, Chris McNabb, was sleeping beside her when the toddler woke them both up. Bell claimed McNabb was home throughout the night and left the next morning to search for the baby after they discovered her missing. She also said she fed the baby at 5 a.m., but by 10 a.m., the infant vanished.
On Sunday, volunteer searchers found the body of a tiny infant stuffed into a duffel bag, in a wooded area behind her parents’ home. On Monday, NCSO Captain Keith Crum told CrimeOnline that the body found is likely of Caliyah McNabb.
A family friend spoke exclusively to CrimeOnline and said that she was in the process of driving the Bell, McNabb, and Bell’s mother,to an interview with a local station on Sunday to plead for their missing baby, when they caught wind that searchers located an infant in the woods. According to the friend, McNabb immediately jumped out of her car at a red light and fled.
“I personally drove Cortney to her home in the trailer park off 36. The father left my car at a red light a few miles away from the trailer park they live in. Cortney, me, her mother, and a family friend were brought to the county jail for questioning. Chris was found in a timely manner not far from where he left my car.”
McNabb didn’t make it far before authorities caught up to him. Store clerk, Julie Hannah, told FOX 5 Atlanta that she witnessed the police detaining McNabb after customers inside the convenience store the suspect stopped at called 911.
“He started hollering and talking about ‘they are going to get me. They are going to get me. I’ve been running all day. I have been in the woods all day.’”
A customer inside the store at the time, Debra Devereux, said that the suspect shouted that he didn’t harm his baby.
“He said, ‘I want the world to know I didn’t do that to my baby.”
McNabb is behind bars on a probation violation charge from a previous burglary conviction. He has not been charged with the baby’s death, although authorities consider him a person of interest. Bell cooperated with police and drove to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office for questioning. Police later released her. She’s not considered a person of interest at this time.
Autopsy results are scheduled to be concluded by Tuesday. Check back with CrimeOnline for additional updates.
[Feature Photo: Handout/Newton County Sheriff’s Office]