Newton County seeks justice in infant’s death
Father appears in court, denied bond, refuses services of public defender
A Newton County man is facing multiple murder charges in a case that has taken the community by storm after a 15-day-old child was reported missing Saturday, Oct. 7 and found dead Sunday, Oct. 8.
Christopher Michael McNabb appeared in front of Judge Melanie Bell for his first appearance in the Newton County Jail Courtroom Thursday morning. In the hearing, he was denied bond and refused to fill out paperwork for a public defender.
Warrants were served on McNabb Wednesday in the Newton County Jail after autopsy reports came back finding that the cause of death for his daughter, Caliyah C. McNabb, was blunt force head trauma and the manner of death was homicide. Christopher McNabb was being held in the jail on a probation violation warrant out of Bartow County.
In the warrants, Newton County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Jeff Alexander reported McNabb hit Caliyah McNabb with an “unknown object.” Alexander also reported, “This action did cause the victim’s skull to be seriously disfigured and damaged beyond repair. This act further caused the death of the victim.”
According to the warrants, McNabb attempted to conceal the body with a t-shirt, blanket and a draw-string bag in the woods not far from the residence where the death took place.
Caliyah McNabb was reported missing Saturday around 10 a.m. in a 911 call by
by her mother, Cortney Marie Bell.
In the recording, Bell told the dispatcher that her two-yearold daughter woke Christopher McNabb and her up around 10 a.m. to tell her Caliyah McNabb was missing. Bell reported last seeing her daughter around 5 a.m. for a feeding.
Bell can also be heard yell- ing for her daughter and said Christopher McNabb was searching around the mobile home park for the child.
More than 24 hours later, Caliyah McNabb’s body was located in the woods behind the residence in which she was last seen.
Both Cortney Bell and Christopher McNabb were in a vehicle with family members when the news of Cailyah McNabb’s body being located broke. Christopher McNabb reportedly jumped out of the vehicle at the intersection of Highway 36 and the Covington Bypass and fled on foot.
Later that evening, he was apprehended and arrested when 911 callers spotted him at a gas station on Highway 36. According to the 911 calls, Christopher McNabb was reportedly yelling “I didn’t do it.” He was alone at the time of his arrest and transported to the jail on the probation violation warrant.
Currently, NCSO does not have probable cause to arrest anyone else in the incident, but ensure that it is an ongoing investigation.
Christopher McNabb’s charges will have to be indicted by the grand jury of Newton County. The grand jury’s next meeting will be the first Friday of November.
Alcovy Judicial Circuit District Attorney Layla Zon told The Covington News she would be the one to prosecute Christopher McNabb’s case.