15-day-old found dead Sun­day be­hind home.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - METRO - By Alexis Stevens

He held his head down as he lis­tened to the charges against him. Within three min­utes, Christo­pher McNabb was led out of a New­ton County court­room and back to the jail, where he’ll re­main with­out bond.

McNabb made his first court ap­pear­ance Thurs­day morn­ing, one day af­ter be­ing charged with mur­der in the death of his 15-day-old daugh­ter.

Baby Caliyah was found dead Sun­day in the woods be­hind her home.

On Wed­nes­day, McNabb was charged with mal­ice mur­der, felony mur­der, ag­gra­vated bat­tery and con­ceal­ing a death, Capt. Keith Crum with the New­ton Sher­iff ’s Of­fice said.

McNabb is ac­cused of killing the baby inside the home by strik­ing her in the head, ac­cord­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors. Then, he al­legedly wrapped her in a blan­ket and T-shirt, put her in a bag and at­tempted to hide her un­der de­bris, ar­rest war­rants said.

Caliyah’s mother, Cort­ney Bell, called 911 Satur­day morn­ing to re­port the baby miss­ing. Bell had fed the baby at 5 a.m. be­fore falling asleep on the couch, she told the 911 op­er­a­tor. When she woke up, her 2-year-old daugh­ter told her the baby was miss­ing.

J.C. Har­well & Son Fu­neral Home and Cre­ma­tion Chapel will hold a pri­vate fu­neral for Caliyah McNabb, who was found dead Sun­day.

“We’re do­nat­ing all of our ser­vices,” Mary Eve­lyn Davis told The At­lanta Jour­nal-Con­sti­tu­tion late Thurs­day.

A vault com­pany do­nated the cas­ket for burial, Davis said. The fam­ily has re­quested de­tails re­gard­ing the ser­vice not be re­leased.

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