MILLINGTON, Tenn. (AP) UPDATE: 2/17/14 3:35 PM
- Memphis police have confirmed that a body discovered in a ditch this weekend is that of a 7-week-old baby who went missing more than five weeks ago, and the infant's mother has been charged with first-degree murder.
Memphis police said Monday that the physical description and clothing on the body discovered Sunday in Millington, about a half-hour north of Memphis, matched that of Aniston Walker, who was reported missing Jan. 9.
The baby's mother, Andrea Walker, told police that Aniston disappeared after she left the baby at home with her 3-year-old child while taking her 5-year-old child to school.
Walker earlier pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated child abuse or neglect and had been free on $250,000 bond.
Police said Walker turned herself in Monday afternoon.
Millington police say they don't know whether a dead baby found in a ditch on Sunday is the missing 7-week-old Aniston Walker, but they have called in Memphis police just in case.
Millington Police Chief Rita Stanback says the baby seems to be less than a year old. It was wearing a onesie, and the body seems to have been there for some time.
Stanback said a motorcyclist who pulled over to the side of the road saw the body in a ditch on Singleton Parkway around noon.
Andrea Walker told police Aniston disappeared on Jan. 9 after she left her home with a 3-year-old as she dropped her 5-year-old son off at school.
Walker was arrested on child neglect charges but has since been released from jail.
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