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Posted: October 11, 2017

Father planned murder of 2-week-old found in woods, investigators say

Father of 2-Week-Old Found Dead In Woods Charged With Murder


Father planned murder of 2-week-old found in woods, investigators say
Chris McNabb and Caliyah McNabb (Newton County Sheriff's Office)


A man charged with the murder of his newborn daughter planned the crime and the cover-up, investigators said.

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Chris McNabb was served warrants Wednesday while he was sitting in the Newton County Jail in  Covington, Georgia, on different charges.

Detectives allege that not only did McNabb kill his 2-week-old, who disappeared on Saturday, but also that he planned her murder and the effort to hide her body in a duffel bag in the woods.

Police said the suspect was not just a dad who snapped. 

“It's just so heart-rending to have a little 15-day-old baby, a little helpless baby, and something bad has happened to them,” said Capt. Keith Crum of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office. 

It's a sharp turn of events from Saturday. when McNabb spoke to WSB-TV. He was passionate about finding the infant while crews searched for baby Caliyah.

"I want my kid, man!" McNabb screamed.

But then McNabb ran, police said, and a day later, as investigators searched the woods off Hamilton Mill Road, police said, he was caught in a car wash about half a mile away. He was arrested for a probation violation.

Authorities confirmed McNabb is the only person suspected in the murder. 

“It's possible that more charges will be coming, but we don't have any other suspects at this point,” Crum said.

While memorials mark baby Caliyah's home and the place where her body was found, the motive for the murder is still unknown.

“I won't even speculate on that,” Crum said. “The District Attorney can make those assertions during the hearings, but as far as the sheriff is concerned, it's not one of the elements of a crime.”

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