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Screenshot/ALEAThe remains of a five-week-old Alabama boy whose disappearance this week confounded authorities were found Wednesday—shortly after his parents gave a press conference in which they begged for the public’s help in finding their son. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said it arrested the baby’s father, Caleb Michael Whisnand, 32. He is being held on a $100,000 bond in his son’s death. Angela Gardner, the child's 28-year-old mother, has not been charged with any crime, authorities said.It is not immediately clear how Caleb “CJ” Whisnand Jr. died or why the baby was first said to have gone missing on Saturday by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, who sent out the first alert about the missing infant.Authorities say they received a 911 call around 10:45 p.m. Monday evening from Whisnand from a Circle K convenience store along a highway outside Montgomery. The call was about a missing baby who weighed 10 pounds and was last seen in a camouflage onesie. Further details of the infant’s disappearance have not been made public, though police say they are reviewing security footage. ALEA During their Wednesday remarks, Caleb Whisnand and Gardner did not refer to their son by name and offered conflicting accounts of what exactly happened. Whisnand repeatedly stressed that he could not recall many details about the disappearance. “I don’t remember a lot, but I did remember I was breaking up, ya know, with the cops. If anybody’s got anything, any places that I could have gone, you know who you are,” he said, according to AL.com.Gardner said she had been at home Monday with her 2-year-old child when Whisnand brought the five-week-old to the convenience store.“He went to go pay gas at the gas station and realized he was gone. He let the police know, and me know, that he was missing… Please find him, please,” she said. Asked about the last time the whole family was together, Whisnand said it was Saturday night when “we were all together sleeping.” Bizarrely, he went on to say, “And I don’t remember much.”“It’s not easy,” Gardner chimed in. Shortly after the presser ended, little Caleb’s remains were found.Margaret Hope, the baby’s maternal grandmother, told Al.com that the young couple lived with Whisland’s parents and that her daughter was planning to leave. “I think that’s the reason he took the baby,” Hope told the outlet, adding that her grandson was found in a wooden area. “He knew he done killed that baby and he had to come up with some excuse.”“Angela is a great mother, and she is overprotective of her kids,” Hope added. “She was so happy when she gave birth. I was there when she gave birth to the baby. I can’t believe the SOB killed her baby.”Capt. Trent Beasley, who is in charge of investigations at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, said he could not explain why the couple said they were last together with their baby on Saturday.“I can’t speak to their mental state. I don’t know where the father was at when he was answering questions,” Beasley was quoted saying by the Montgomery Advertiser.He said the baby’s father had called 911 four minutes after the baby was last seen on surveillance footage at the gas station.“The video image is a little grainy, but it looks to be him,” Beasley said.Neither parent said they had any suspicions about who had taken the baby, and authorities have not named any suspects. The FBI, the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office, and the Wetumpka Police Department are assisting in the investigation. “The family ain’t the same without family, that’s for sure,” Whisnand said.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.