published Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Bond reduced, 1 charge dropped for missing Memphis baby's mom

Andrea Walker, center, stands with attorney Leslie Ballin, right, as she appears in General Sessions Court Division 10 in Memphis on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, for arraignment on charges of child abuse and aggravated child neglect or endangerment. Walker is the mother of missing 7-week-old Aniston Walker.
Andrea Walker, center, stands with attorney Leslie Ballin, right, as she appears in General Sessions Court Division 10 in Memphis on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, for arraignment on charges of child abuse and aggravated child neglect or endangerment. Walker is the mother of missing 7-week-old Aniston Walker.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

MEMPHIS — A judge has reduced bond for a Memphis mother jailed on charges related to the disappearance of her 7-week-old daughter.

General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Chris Turner cut the bond for Andrea Walker from $500,000 to $250,000 during a hearing Tuesday.

Wallker's daughter, Aniston Walker, was reported missing Jan. 9.

Police said Walker told them she left the baby at home with her 3-year-old son while she took her 5-year-old son to school. She said that when she returned home, the baby was gone, but the 3-year-old was still there.

Prosecutors have dropped an aggravated child abuse or neglect charge related to the 3-year-old boy.

Walker remains in jail on an aggravated child abuse or neglect charge in connection with the baby's disappearance. She has pleaded not guilty.

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