Chilling testimony, jurors visit scene in Newton County infant murder trial

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Chilling testimony on Wednesday in the trial of two Newton County parents accused of murdering their 2-week-old daughter.

Defendants Courtney Marie Bell and Christopher McNabb are charged in the 2017 death of their infant daughter Caliyah.

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A Newton County Sheriff's investigator revealed the infant’s lifeless body was discovered in a blue and red Nike drawstring bag in the woods near the family's home the day after the couple reported her missing. Prosecutors insist that bag belonged to McNabb.

Jurors also got to go to the place where her body was found near the couple’s mobile home park.

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Tuesday, the prosecution played lengthy police body camera videos in court and heard from several deputies who responded to the missing person’s call at the defendants Covington area home on October 7, 2017, as to how the couple acted. In the video, Bell and McNabb claim they woke to find the baby missing and the door to their trailer ajar.

Newton County Sheriff’s deputy Joshua Hicks testified he came upon McNabb, who said he had searched for his daughter in the woods, near the family’s residence. Hicks said McNabb was wet and muddy.

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The coroner determined the infant died of blunt force trauma.

The couple has maintained their innocence.

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