‘This is a 5-week-old baby’: Father charged after remains of missing infant found

Court records show baby was buried in remote area
Updated: May. 14, 2021 at 11:46 AM CDT
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ala. (WBRC) - Investigators from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office found the remains of a 1-month-old baby boy who had been reported missing.

UPDATE: Court records released Friday show baby Caleb Whisnand Jr. died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Caleb Whisnand Jr.’s father, Caleb Michael Whisnand Sr., is charged in the case.

Whisnand’s charges were upgraded to Capital Murder. He is in the Montgomery County Jail.

Court documents show, “Whisnand Sr. recklessly caused the death of the victim and afterwards buried the victim in a remote area.”

The date and time of offense is listed as May 10, 2021 between 3:45 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

The court record lists baby Caleb’s birthday as April 8, 2021.

Investigators said they are still going over evidence in the case, but they can confirm baby Caleb’s remains were found in Lowndes County. His body was taken to the Department of Forensics Sciences.

“Out of my 32 years working in law enforcement, being in homicide, working cases, this says a lot, this says a lot,” Montgomery County Sheriff Derrick Cunningham said.

Whisnand is also facing unrelated drug charges in Elmore County. The Elmore County DA’s office says it is working to revoke the bond in that case.

Investigators released the following statement Wednesday night:

Preliminary Statement on Missing Infant On May 12, 2021 shortly after the press conference on one month old Caleb Michael Whisnand Jr., his remains were discovered by law enforcement. As a result, information was developed and the child’s father, Caleb Michael Whisnand Sr. was subsequently arrested and placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility on charges of Manslaughter, with a bond amount of $100,000. Currently, the specifics of this case remain under investigation and all further details and inquires will be released on Thursday May 13, 2021 at 9:30 am.

Caleb Whisnand Jr. was reported missing on Monday, May 10.

Caleb Whisnand is in the Montgomery Co. Jail.
Caleb Whisnand is in the Montgomery Co. Jail.(Montgomery Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

Emergency Missing Child Alert issued by ALEA reported that he was last seen on Saturday, May 8, wearing a camouflage onesie around 9 p.m. in Montgomery, Alabama.

Wednesday, Caleb’s parents, Caleb Whisnand and Angela Gardner, spoke to the media during a news conference held outside the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

The father said the last time all three of them were together was Saturday night, May 8. Caleb, the father, said he went to buy gas and then noticed the baby was gone.

The mother, Angela, said the father called police and her to let them know the baby was missing.

A Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office investigator said they got a 911 call from the Circle K on Highway 231 North saying the baby was missing.

“If anybody has anything to help find him please, it will mean everything to us,” Caleb Sr. said during the news conference.

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