Last month, a jury convicted Christopher McNabb and Cortney Bell in the 2017 murder of a the couple’s two-week-old daughter Caliyah, though both denied involvement in the baby’s death.
Caliyah’s tiny body was discovered in a drawstring Nike bag in a wooded area not far from the family’s home. The newborn had multiple skull fractures and her teeth poked through her gums, the medical examiner testified during the trial.
McNabb was indicted by a grand jury on eight counts, including malice murder, felony murder, second-degree murder, aggravated battery and concealing the death of another. Bell was indicted on second-degree murder, child cruelty and child deprivation charges.
McNabb was sentenced to life in prison without parole; Bell to 30 years with 15 to serve.
Prior to his trial, McNabb had already returned to Hays State Prison on a probation violation.