published Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Mother of Memphis baby pleads not guilty in her death

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    This image provided by the Shelby County Sheriff's Office on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, shows Andrea Walker. Walker, the mother of a 7-week-old Memphis baby who went missing more than five weeks ago has been charged with first-degree murder, a day after the infant's body was discovered in a ditch in Millington, about a half-hour north of Memphis.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis woman has pleaded not guilty in the death of her 7-week-old daughter, whose body was found more than five weeks after she went missing.

The Commercial Appeal reports 33-year-old Andrea Walker is being held without bond and is due to return to court Feb. 27. Walker's attorney expects to ask for a bond hearing.

Walker is charged with first-degree murder in the perpetration of aggravated child neglect or endangerment and aggravated child abuse.

Andrea Walker told police that Aniston Walker disappeared Jan. 9 after she left the baby at home with her 3-year-old child while taking her 5-year-old child to school.

Police searched for the baby with no results. On Sunday, a motorcyclist who has stopped in Millington saw the body in a ditch and called police.

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