A community in Georgia are in mourning after a baby girl was found dead inside a duffel bag.
But if that wasn’t painful and shocking enough – the infant child’s father has been charged with her murder.
Christopher McNabb, 27, was charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery and concealing the death of his 15-day-old baby Caliyah.
Baby Caliyah was tragically found in the woods behind Eagle Point Trailer Park on Sunday.
But the gutless father fled his home after his baby daughter was discovered by volunteer searchers wrapped in a blue cloth.
Police were first called to Caliyah’s disappearance after receiving a disturbing call from McNabb and the baby’s mother, Courtney Bell.
They claimed Caliyah went missing after she was put back to bed following a feeding inside their home.
The parents told officers that Caliyah was fine when they fed and changed her at 5 a.m. Saturday.
But five hours later, they went into her bedroom and she was gone.
Police said the situation was ‘suspicious,’ according to WSBTV and the case quickly went from a missing child incident to a homicide.
‘A fifteen-day-old child obviously didn’t leave by themselves,’ Newton County Sheriff’s Dept. Capt. Keith Crum said.
Dedicated volunteers searched a wooded area near the family home.
Then horror struck Sunday when they discovered the Caliyah’s lifeless body under a log.
McNabb learnt of his daughter’s death whilst sitting in his girlfriend’s car.
He then allegedly jumped out of the car at the intersection of Highway 36 and Covington By-Pass Road and ran away.
Authorities arrested McNabb at a gas station car wash where they arrested him immediately on a probation violation.
His distraught girlfriend was taken to police headquarters where she gave a statement.
She and was later released with no charge.
The infant’s body is currently being held at a coroner’s office where an autopsy will take place.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation will determine the child’s identity and exact cause of death.