GA - Caliyah McNabb, 15 days, Newton County, 7 Oct 2017 *Arrests* #2

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    INFANT FOUND DEAD IN ATLANTA: Father of baby found dead in woods arrested on probation violation

    How does a nine day old baby go missing?

    NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. - Authorities are searching for a missing child in Newton County.

    Investigators said a 9-day-old baby is missing.

    Family members gave Channel 2's Chris Jose a photo of the missing baby, Caliyah McNabb.

    Newton County sheriff's deputies and a search dog are on the scene at the Eagle Point trailer park.

    The child's parents have been brought in for questioning.

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    Tuesday, May 7th:
    *Trial continues (Day 2-Jury selection?) for both (@ ET) - GA - Caliyah C. McNabb (15 days old) (Oct, 7, 2017, Covington) - *Cortney Marie Bell (24), "mother" arrested & charged (10/18/17) indicted (1/5/18) & arraigned (1/23/18) with 2nd degree murder & 2nd degree cruelty to children & deprivation of a minor; taken into custody Sat. 1/6/18. Plead not guilty. Held without bond.
    *Christopher Michael McNabb (27) "father" arrested & charged (10/18/17) & indicted (1/5/18) & arraigned (1/23/18) on 8 counts for malice murder, 2 counts of felony murder, 2nd degree murder, aggravated battery, 2 counts of 1st & 2nd degree cruelty to children & concealing a death. Plead not guilty. Held without bond. Was under suicide watch.
    Trial set to begin 5/6/19
    5/6/19: Jury selection begins. Trial continues on 5/7.
     
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    BREAKING: Jury seated in McNabb/Bell trial

    After a full day of jury selection, 12 jurors and two alternates have been chosen to hear the case of the parents accused of killing their 15-day-old daughter more than a year ago. The trial is scheduled to start with opening statements in front of Alcovy Judicial Circuit Chief Judge John M. Ott 9 a.m.
     
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    The trial for parents accused in the death of their newborn daughter in September 2017 will remain in Newton County, a judge ruled Monday afternoon.

    Attorneys for Christopher McNabb and Cortney Bell had filed a motion seeking to move the trial due to the amount of publicity the case has gotten. But after a day of jury selection, only one potential juror was dismissed because of the publicity in the case, though several had heard some details about the baby’s death.

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    Monday afternoon, a jury was selected in the case. Opening statements are expected Tuesday morning.

    Newborn killed: Judge denies request to move trial out of Newton
     
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    A Newton County man accused in his 2-week-old daughter’s death acted nervous and fidgety after the child was reported missing, a deputy testified Tuesday.
    Newton County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Hicks responded to the family’s home on Oct. 7, 2017 after the baby’s mother, Cortney Bell, reported her missing. About 30 minutes after Hicks arrived, Christopher McNabb showed up looking disheveled, the deputy testified. McNabb said at the time that he had been searching for 2-week-old Caliyah. Her body was discovered 900 yards from the family’s front door.

    Opening statements began Tuesday morning in McNabb and Bell’s trial, followed by witness testimony.

    Dad was nervous, fidgety after baby reported missing, deputy testifies
     
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    Hey @Jewels53 - can't access the article you posted above ^^ - can you give me the names of the witnesses?

    TIA! :)
     
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    Caliyah McNabb: Video provides glimpse of filthy home after newborn was beaten until her skull was ‘damaged beyond repair’ [DA]

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    During opening statements Tuesday in a Newton County courtroom, the defense lawyer for a Georgia couple accused of killing their newborn girl argued that no evidence exists that shows the defendants harmed their infant. Prosecutors argued that the baby’s parents killed her while living in small, messy trailer home, then disposed of her in a secluded, wooded area.

    “They went after the people who were most vulnerable,” defense lawyer Anthony Carter told the court. “The people that had just lost their 2-week-old baby.”
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    A video shown in court Tuesday offered a more detailed glimpse into what happened the morning Caliyah was reported missing.

    (Video at link)

    Caliyah McNabb: Video provides glimpse of filthy home after newborn was beaten until her skull was ‘damaged beyond repair’ [DA]
     
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    During testimony on Tuesday, Bell’s cousin, Megan Sorrells, said Bell was being abused at home during the time Caliyah vanished. She also testified that McNabb and Bell were constantly fighting. Sorrells said Bell never told her about the abuse, but as a domestic abuse victim herself, she could already tell.

    “She always had bruises on her,” Sorrells said of Bell. “I didn’t really have to ask many questions. I could tell.”

    According to court testimony, baby Caliyah stayed several days with her grandfather, Tim, after her birth. Tim testified that he returned the child home with milk and clean diapers in early October, and told his daughter, Bell, to clean up her filthy trailer home.

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    Caliyah McNabb: Video provides glimpse of filthy home after newborn was beaten until her skull was ‘damaged beyond repair’ [DA]
     
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    McNabb, who has a long history of non-violent crimes, jumped out of a car on October 7 when he heard that Caliyah’s remains had been found. He ran to a nearby convenience store and started shouting to store clerk Julie Hannah, who had no idea who he was. He kept repeating that he didn’t kill his child, according to court documents.

    A family friend who spoke exclusively to CrimeOnline in October 2018, said she was in the process of driving McNabb, Bell, and Bell’s mother to an interview with a local station, when they caught wind that searchers located a baby. According to the friend, McNabb immediately jumped out of her car at a red light and fled to a nearby store.
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    The trial continues. Check back with CrimeOnline for updates.

    Caliyah McNabb: Video provides glimpse of filthy home after newborn was beaten until her skull was ‘damaged beyond repair’ [DA]
     
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    Wednesday, May 8th:
    *Trial continues (Day 3) for both (@ 9am ET) - GA - Caliyah C. McNabb (15 days old) (Oct, 7, 2017, Covington) - *Cortney Marie Bell (24), "mother" arrested & charged (10/18/17) indicted (1/5/18) & arraigned (1/23/18) with 2nd degree murder & 2nd degree cruelty to children & deprivation of a minor; taken into custody Sat. 1/6/18. Plead not guilty. Held without bond.
    *Christopher Michael McNabb (27) "father" arrested & charged (10/18/17) & indicted (1/5/18) & arraigned (1/23/18) on 8 counts for malice murder, 2 counts of felony murder, 2nd degree murder, aggravated battery, 2 counts of 1st & 2nd degree cruelty to children & concealing a death. Plead not guilty. Held without bond. Was under suicide watch.
    Trial started 5/6/19 12 jurors (2 alternates)
    5/6/19: Jury selection is done. Trial continues on 5/7.
    5/7/19: Opening statements. 911 Operator (no name given). Newton County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Hicks (1st responding officer). Timothy Bell (Bell's father). Megan Sorrells (Bell's cousin). Might be more, but have no further info. Trial continues 5/8.

     
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    Officer: Joshua Hicks
    Officer: Raymond Walden
    Officer: Female I don't remember her name
    Cortneys Father: Tim Bell
    Neighbor: Mellisa Davis
    Cousin: Megan Sorrels

    I think that is all
     
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    Thanks! Sorry to keep bothering you! :rolleyes: Just want to keep my notes straight! :)
     
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