COVINGTON, Ga. (NBC News) – A Georgia couple has been found guilty of murdering their 2-week old in 2017.
A jury on Tuesday convicted both Christopher McNabb and Cortney Bell of the murder of their daughter Caliyah.
McNabb was convicted on eight counts, including malice murder, and was sentenced to life without parole plus 10 years.
“I just don’t understand how you find someone guilty of doing something to a 15-day old baby. Because there was no evidence whatsoever that proved anything about me putting my hands on my kids,” he said, adding, “I would never do this. That’s all I got to say. I would never do this. I’m innocent.”
Bell was convicted on three counts, including murder in the second degree — effectively enabling McNabb’s murder of their child. She was sentenced to 15 years in prison and 15 years of probation.
Prosecutors argued in closing statements that McNabb was a negligent father and violent partner with a short fuse and a penchant for lying. They said he snapped at his crying infant, killed her and frantically tried to hide his crime.
Both McNabb and Bell were both admitted meth users.
“You chose methamphetamine and McNabb over a baby,” said Judge John Ott.
“It’s a sickness, but I tried to be a good mama,” Bell said. “I love my babies.”