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UPDATE: Two previous 911 calls reported from McNabb residence
Caliyah McNabb Memorial

UPDATE (Oct. 14, 8 a.m.): The Covington News obtained transcripts of two 911 calls reported from Lot 31 of the Eagle Point Mobile Home Park prior to the Oct. 7 incident. 

According to the transcripts, 911 calls were made on Aug. 22 and Oct. 3. Crystal Marks, of Covington-Newton 911 Center, said she was unsure of when the McNabb family started living at the address, but it does not appear to be earlier than 2017.

According to the Aug. 22 transcript, another resident of the mobile home park called to report the tenants of Lot 31 were "busting windows out of the home."

911 Audio - Aug. 22

Aug. 22, 2017 911 call report

According to the Oct. 3 transcript, the complainant's parents picked up both her two-year-old daughter and newborn without her permission. She was able to get her two-year-old out of the vehicle, but the newborn had left the scene with her parents. The report does not state the name of the complainant. 

911 Audio - Oct. 3 Cortney Bell call

911 Audio - Oct. 3 Tim Bell

Oct. 3, 2017 911 Call Report

The News removed the contact information from the audio files. 


UPDATE (Oct. 13, 9:30 p.m.): A family member of Caliyah C. McNabb has asked The Covington News to advise community members that the funeral for Caliyah has already happened. Any GoFundMe campaigns set up to fund funeral expenses are a not connected with the family. 

The News will keep you informed if the family sets up any donation opportunities.

The family member asked to remain unnamed. 


UPDATE (Oct. 12, 8:25 a.m.): Christopher Michael McNabb appeared in front of Judge Melanie Bell for his first appearance in the Newton County Jail this morning. In the hearing, he was denied bond and refused a public defender. 

Christopher Michael McNabb first appearance

By: Jackie Gutknecht

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UPDATE (Oct. 11, 2:55 p.m.): The Covington News obtained the warrants served on Christopher Michael McNabb from the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO). 


Christopher Michael McNabb Warrants

In the warrants, NCSO Investigator Jeff Alexander reported McNabb hit his 15-day-old daughter, Caliyah C. 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. 


UPDATE (Oct. 11, 9:15 a.m.): Warrants have been issued for Christopher Michael McNabb on the charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery and concealing a death, Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Captain Keith Crum told The Covington News. There will be no bond granted on the charges. 

McNabb will be served with the charges immediately, as he is currently an inmate in the Newton County Jail, Crum said. 

"His case will be presented to the Grand Jury in either November or December depending on how much of the case file is completed and turned over to the DA’s office," Newton County District Attorney Layla Zon said.  "It is still very much an ongoing investigation."

Zon said McNabb would have his first appearance Wednesday at 8 a.m. in the Newton County Jail. 

Crum said there are currently no charges against the mother, Cortney Marie Bell. 


UPDATE (Oct. 10, 9:25 p.m.): The Covington News has obtained incident reports from both the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) and Newton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) for Christopher Michael McNabb.

FCSO makes arrest in 2011

After witnessing McNabb drive the wrong way down a one-way street, a FCSO deputy attempts a traffic stop on Aug. 2, 2011. McNabb did not stop after the officer turned on his emergency lights, and started a pursuit.

During the pursuit, the vehicle driven by McNabb, which was stolen from his father, hit a curb and the left front tire was flattened. McNabb continued to flee and eventually stopped in a parking lot and fled on foot.

Nearly two hours after the initial traffic stop was initiated, deputies located McNabb and he was arrested and charged with driving on a suspended license, driving on wrong side of roadway, speeding, stop sign violation, failure to maintain lane and felony fleeing.

McNabb arrested in 2013 for shoplifting in Covington

While responding to another incident, a NCSO deputy was approached by a CVS employee claiming McNabb had just left the store, located at the intersection of Highway 36 and the Covington Bypass, after shoplifting.

Once caught, McNabb provided the wrong name to the deputy before confirming his real identity. Once his real name was provided, an active warrant out of Fayette County was returned.

All of the stolen items totaled $164.23.

McNabb was charged with shoplifting, giving false name or information to a law enforcement officer. A hold was also placed on his warrant.

McNabb cited for incident in Fayette County Jail in 2013

On Dec. 8, 2013, McNabb was charged with obstruction after failing to follow an order by a Fayette County Jail officer.

The officer reportedly told McNabb to gather his things and enter a cell to be placed on lockdown. McNabb refused.

While the officer approached McNabb and attempted to gain control of him, he pulled away and turned away, causing an officer to lose balance. McNabb was tackled to the floor and placed in handcuffs before being escorted out of the unit.

McNabb nabbed when NCSO searching for another man

On Oct. 1, 2014, NCSO was serving an arrest warrant on another man when McNabb fled the scene when deputies arrived. Once caught, McNabb told the deputies he had five felony warrants out of other counties. Warrants came back from Coweta County and Fayette County.

While running after McNabb, a tree hit one of the deputies in the face, causing a cut on his eyelid.

McNabb was charged with willful obstruction of law enforcement officers by use of threats or violence, obstruction or hindering law enforcement officers, simple battery on an officer and terroristic threats and acts.


UPDATE (Oct. 10, 8:20 p.m.): The Covington News has obtained the audio recording of the 911 calls reporting Christopher Michael McNabb had been spotted at a gas station on Highway 36 Sunday evening. 

911 Audio - Gas Station1

911 Audio - Gas Station2

911 Audio - Gas Station3

In the recordings, callers reported McNabb telling people "he didn't do it."

The News removed the names and contact information from the audio files. 


UPDATE (Oct. 10, 5:15 p.m.): Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis confirmed that autopsy results were completed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) Medical Examiners office and determined the cause of death to be blunt force head trauma and manner of death to be homicide. 

The criminal investigation continues by the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO), Davis said. 

NCSO Captain Keith Crum said the sheriff's office would be making application for an arrest warrant on multiple charges in the morning. Crum said it would be up to a judge to issue the warrants after NCSO presents its probable cause. 


UPDATE (Oct. 10, 4:30 p.m.): Memorials for Caliyah C. McNabb have appeared outside of Lot 31 of Eagle Mobile Home Park off Highway 36 in Newton County. 

Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis has not responded to multiple attempts to contact for information about autopsy results. 


UPDATE (Oct. 10, 11:15 a.m.): The Covington News has obtained the audio recording of the 911 call from Cortney Marie Bell reporting her daughter, 15-day-old Caliyah C. McNabb, missing. 

911 Audio - Caliyah C. McNabb

In the recording, Bell is heard yelling for her daughter and said the baby's father, Christopher Michael McNabb, was searching around the mobile home park for the child. 


UPDATE (Oct. 9, 4:10 p.m.): Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis said autopsy results will most likely come Tuesday as the investigation continues into the death of 15-day-old Caliyah C. McNabb. 

"We're still gathering some information and records and still actively investigating," he said. 


UPDATE (Oct. 9, 3:45 p.m.): According to the Bartow County Sheriff's Office, Christopher Michael McNabb has been arrested multiple times on probation violations stemming from a 2007 incident. 

Bartow County sheriff's Sgt. Jonathan Rogers said McNabb was first arrested in 2007 on 16 charges including three burglary, five theft by taking, four criminal trespass, three criminal damage to property (second degree) and one entering an automobile to commit a theft.

He has since been arrested in 2011 and April 2017 for charges of violation of probation. Rogers confirmed the current outstanding probation violation warrant that Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) arrested McNabb on Sunday evening. 

The Covington News has filed a request for the incident reports of all of McNabb's arrests with the Bartow County Sheriff's Office, which Rogers said could take "several days" to fulfill. 

According to the Georgia Department of Corrections website, McNabb was released from the Macon State Prison on Sept. 2, 2016. According to his GDOC incarceration details, he has also been arrested in Fayette County and Coweta County. 

The Coweta County  Sheriff's Office (CCSO) confirmed a 2011 arrest of McNabb in an incident involving a vehicle pursuit in his father's 2007 Ford Escape. 

According to the incident report, McNabb had only been out of prison for five weeks and his father was hoping he "would straighten his life up," when he stole the vehicle and it was later involved in an incident in Fayette County.

The News has filed requests with the Fayette County Sheriff's Office (FCSO) for more information on that incident.  The News has also filed requests with NCSO and Walton County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) for any other arrests locally. 


UPDATE (Oct. 9, 9:40 a.m.): Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Captain Keith Crum said the autopsy of Caliyah C. McNabb will take place this morning. 

According to the NCSO arrest/booking report for Caliyah McNabb's father, Christopher McNabb, was booked into the Newton County Jail at 8:13 p.m. on a felony hold for another agency (Bartow County). 

Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis and the Bartow County Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to phone calls from The Covington News. 


UPDATE (Oct. 8, 8 p.m.): Christopher McNabb was apprehended by Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) around 7 p.m., NCSO Captain Keith Crum told The Covington News. 

NCSO received a call from a convenience store that McNabb was there, Crum said. Officers arrived and NCSO was arrested without incident at the car wash adjacent to the store on Highway 36. 

Crum said McNabb was alone at the time of his arrest. He will now be transported to the Newton County Jail, read his Miranda Rights and booked into the county jail on the probation violation warrant out of Bartow County. 


UPDATE (Oct. 8, 4:45 p.m.): Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) investigators have located the body of 15-day-old Caliyah C. McNabb in the woods behind the mobile home park where she was reported missing Saturday morning. 

Caliyah McNabb
- photo by Staff Report

The child was found "wrapped up in some cloth under a log," NCSO Captain Keith Crum told The Covington News. 

Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis is transporting the body to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) Crime Lab where the cause and manner of death will be determined. 

Crum said the sheriff's office is actively searching for the child's father, Christopher McNabb, who has a probation warrant for his arrest. Christopher McNabb reportedly jumped out of a car at the intersection of Highway 36 and the Covington Bypass around 3 p.m. and left on foot. 

Crum described Christopher McNabb as a white male in his 20s with a slender build and multiple tattoos, including facial tattoos of musical symbols over his left temple. 

"Anyone who spots him, please do not approach," Crum said. "Call 911 and let us contact him."

Crum said NCSO is still building the case, and more charges are expected. 

The mother of the child voluntarily went to NCSO for questioning and is not currently in custody. 


UPDATE (Oct. 7, 7:10 p.m.): Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) investigators are looking for a 15-day-old female child that is missing from her parent's home at Lot 31 of the Eagle Mobile Home Park off Highway 36 in Newton County as of 10 a.m. Saturday morning. 

NCSO Captain Keith Crum said Caliyah C. McNabb was born prematurely on Sept. 24 and weighs about 5 pounds. She has dark hair, dark eyes and a mole on her hairline on the left side. 

Crum said both the child's mother and father reported seeing her around 5 a.m. for a feeding. She was then placed in a back bedroom of the residence with her 2-year-old sister. The parents slept in another room of the residence. 

Around 10 a.m., the father noticed the child was missing and searched the residence and the surrounding area and was unable to locate the child. That is when he called 911 and NCSO deputies, criminal investigation unit and K-9 units responded. 

Crum said additional personnel was called in and the trailer park and surrounding area was searched. The K-9 reportedly led the officers down a trail but was unable to locate anything. 

Crum said the search will continue "probably until dark or until we can't search anymore."

NCSO has conducted interviews with both parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles of the child with no leads. A search has also been conducted in the residence where the child was last seen. Crum said there is no indication that a family member would have taken the child from the home.

Crum said NCSO is reviewing all of its options. He was not sure if an Amber Alert would be issued for the child, as investigators do not have a vehicle, tag number or any other identifying information to search for. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact NCSO. Anonymous tips can be left online at or by phone to 678-625-1401. 


COVINGTON, Ga. - Investigators with the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) are investigating claims of a missing baby that were reported this morning. 

NCSO Captain Keith Crum told The Covington News that right now the investigation is very fluid. 

Around 10 a.m. this morning, NCSO received a call about a child that was missing. Crum described the child as a "few-day-old baby."

Crum said more information would be released to the public in the next couple hours. Anyone with information is asked to contact NCSO. 


The News will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.  


Community Reporter Darryl Welch contributed to this report.