The mom of 2-week-old Caliyah Mcnabb, who found deceased in Oct. and hidden in woods in Covington, Georgia, was arrested on Saturday in connection with the 2-week-old’s death.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Caliyah’s father, Christopher McNabb, was arrested in Oct. in connection with the baby’s death. The Newton County Medical Examiner’s Office reported that the baby died from blunt force trauma.
According to the arrest warrant, Caliyah suffered a blow so severe to her head that her skull was “seriously disfigured and damaged beyond repair.” After causing fatal injuries to the infant, McNabb wrapped her in a blanket and one of his t-shirts and put her into his duffel bag, according to the warrant. He then reportedly took Caliyah into the woods and buried her in a depressed area under a log.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that authorities apprehended Caliyah’s mother, Cortney Bell, in a Conyers Home Depot parking lot on Saturday afternoon. According to The Covington News, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Marshals had been looking for Bell since Friday.
Bell, who made the initial 911 call to report the baby missing, wasn’t previously charged with the infant’s death, but Newton County authorities pieced together information that apparently provided them needed evidence to take out a warrant for her arrest.
According to District Attorney Layla Zon, Bell is facing charges of murder in the second degree, cruelty to children, and the deprivation of a minor. Christopher McNabb is charged with aggravated battery, felony murder, malice murder, and concealing the death of another. Both suspects remain behind bars.
The story is still developing. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: Caliyah McNabb/Family Handout]