Bell charged with criminal trespass 3 weeks ago in Rockdale
Cortney Marie Bell, Rockdale County Sheriff's Office

CONYERS, Ga. - Cortney Marie Bell, the accused baby-killer, spent time in the Rockdale County Jail over the Christmas holiday on a charge of criminal trespass, just three weeks prior to getting indicted and arrested on murder charges locally, according to a Rockdale County Sheriff's Office incident report. 

RCSO Deputy Shane Ballard was dispatched a burglary in progress cal Dec. 21 at 2379 Philadelphia Road, in Conyers. When he approached the door he heard a noise coming from inside the residence, according to the report. 

As Ballard was searching the inside at the residence, deputies secured Bell and a Joshua Epperson, of Conyers, and had the two on their knees in the front yard. 

Upon running their names, Epperson came back as a wanted person out of Newton County. 

According to the jailing report, Bell was released from the Rockdale County Jail on bond Dec. 26. 

Friday, Jan. 5 Bell was indicted by the grand jury of Newton County on charges of murder in the second degree, cruelty to children and deprivation of a minor. She was taken into custody nearly 24 hours later int he Home Depot parking lot in Conyers.