A Georgia man has been charged with killing his infant daughter.
Christopher McNabb, 27, was charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery and concealing the death of his 15-day-old baby, Caliyah, after she was found stuffed in a duffel bag in some woods behind a trailer park, reports the Daily Mail.
Police said they received a report from McNabb and the baby's mother, Courtney Bell, who said Caliyah went missing after she was put to bed.
The parents told officials Caliyah was fine at 5 a.m. on Oct. 7, but when they went to check on her five hours later, she was gone.
Police said the situation was "suspicious," reports WSB-TV.
"A 15-day-old child obviously didn't leave by themselves," said Newton County Sheriff's Dept. Capt. Keith Crum.
Volunteers were searching a wooded area near the baby's home on Oct. 8 when they discovered the infant's body under a log.
When they found the body, Bell was taken to police headquarters where she gave a statement and was later released.
McNabb was named a person of interest, and police began searching for him. They found him in his girlfriend's car, according to Crum, but he allegedly jumped out in the middle of the road and fled the scene. He was ultimately tracked down at gas station car wash, where his was arrested on a probation violation.
Caliyah's body was taken to the coroner's office for an autopsy.
"She was so tiny. So innocent," said Caliyah's grandfather, Tim Bell, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The killing of a child within a year of birth, known as infanticide, has been common throughout history, with poverty being the primary reason for disposing of unwanted children, reports Signs Of The Times.
"Infanticide has been practiced on every continent and by people on every level of cultural complexity, from hunters and gatherers to high civilization, including our own ancestors," says Laila Williamson, an anthropologist of the American Museum of Natural History. "Rather than being an exception, then, it has been the rule."
"Statistically, the United States ranks high on the list of countries whose inhabitants kill their children," notes Larry S. Milner of the Society for Prevention of Infanticide. "For infants under the age of 1 year, the American homicide rate is 11th in the world."
He added: "Most of the murders today are committed with the use of the mother's hands, either by strangulation or physical punishment."