We are so sad!!!
The baby found in a Millington ditch Sunday is confirmed to be Aniston Walker, who went missing on January 9. She was just 7 weeks old when the search for her began. … According to Memphis Police Department, the body was found at 12:16 p.m. The physical description and clothing matched those of baby Aniston. Millington police immediately contacted MPD investigators, who determined the baby’s identity.
“I would say that it seems like the body has been there for some time,” Millington Police Chief Rita Stanback said after the body was discovered by a motorcyclist on Singleton Parkway Sunday. “It’s less than a year old, wearing a onsie.”
Aniston’s mother, Andrea Walker, 33, is charged with first-degree murder. She surrendered herself to authorities Monday morning, according to her defense attorney, Leslie Ballin.
When Aniston’s father first reported her missing, Andrea told police she had left the baby home with a 3-year-old as she dropped her 5-year-old son off at school. When she returned, she said Aniston was gone.
Following that report, Andrea was arrested on aggravated child abuse and neglect charges. She was released from jail on February 5 after posting bond.
Investigators wanted to interview Andrea Walker Monday morning, but she declined.
“At this time, she’s not going to make that statement. At the appropriate time, once our investigation has progressed some, she will decide at her trial or at any hearings in the future if it’s appropriate for her to make a statement,” said Ballin.
The discovery of Aniston’s body ends a search that lasted more than one month.
“You know, this is a trying scene for everybody,” Chief Stanback said from the scene Sunday. “I’m a grandmother myself and this is something that is very difficult to deal with.”
“I have grandchildren too, I just can’t imagine. It’s tough on everybody right now,” added Inspector Charlie Chapman.
In a statement issued Monday afternoon, Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong credited investigators for their long hours of work on this case, adding:
“It is heartbreaking to confirm that an innocent child’s life has been taken, but now family members of Aniston Walker can have closure and begin the healing process of losing a loved one.”