On Sunday at 3 p.m., the child was found in a duffel bag, said the Newton County Sheriff's Office.
The tiny body, yet to be officially identified, was found Sunday afternoon in the duffel bag in woods near the family's home after an intense search.
Christopher McNabb, the child's father, reportedly jumped out of a auto and ran away Sunday afternoon when authorities reported they had found the child's body.
He was found later and charged with a probation violation.
Police issued a search warrant for the home and family members were questioned. The dead body is being autopsied to determine an official cause of death. She was located about a quarter of a mile from where she lived with McNabb and her mother, Courtney Bell, Newton County Sheriff's Capt. Keith Crum said.
"I want my kid back, man".
Bell and Christopher said that Caliyah, who was born premature on September 23, weighing in at just 5 lbs., was fine when they fed and changed her at 5 a.m. That's my child, man.
"A 15-day-old child obviously didn't leave by themselves", Crum said. "It started out as a missing child, but we treat it as a potential homicide, kidnapping". "As he went to the door to walk out, I just picked up the phone and called 911", Julie Hannah, the clerk on duty inside the gas station off GA 36, said.
Customer Debra Devereux said she heard McNabb say, "I want the world to know I didn't do that to my baby". "You shouldn't have to go to a garbage can to find a baby". She was found under a log and wrapped in a blue cloth. "So innocent", Tim Bell, Caliyah's grandfather, said.
"She was tiny. You had to feed her every two hours".
"She was so little".