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Mother charged with baby’s murder appears in court

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Andrea Walker charged with the murder her baby girl will face a judge Tuesday. Andrea Walker charged with the murder her baby girl will face a judge Tuesday.
Police confirmed  that Aniston Walker is the baby found dead in a ditch on Sunday. Police confirmed that Aniston Walker is the baby found dead in a ditch on Sunday.
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(WMC-TV) - A Memphis mother charged with the murder of her baby girl made her first court appearance on the upgraded charges Tuesday, less than 48 hours after the child's body was found on the side of a road in Millington.

Andrea Walker's defense attorneys say they will consider filing a motion for bond to be set.

Walker remained silent as she turned herself in to police Monday afternoon and she has been quiet with investigators, too.

In early January, when 7-week-old Aniston disappeared, Walker said that she had left her daughter home with a 3-year-old while she took her 5-year-old child to school. When she returned, she said Aniston was gone. Police launched a 3-day search that turned up nothing until Sunday, February 16.

A man on a motorcycle spotted Aniston's body in a ditch on Singleton Parkway in Millington, about 11 miles from the Walker's home.

The motorcyclist did not want to go on camera, but he did tell Action News 5 the discovery was very disturbing for him.

Andrea Walker is being held without bond in the Shelby County jail. She is charged with first degree murder in perpetration of felony child abuse and first degree murder in perpetration of felony child neglect or endangerment.

Walker appeared in court by video arraignment Tuesday morning. Her appearance also marked the first time we got to hear Andrea Walker's voice as she had to answer procedural questions from the judge. 

"The state feels that anytime any child is killed it's a very serious matter," said Prosecutor Jennifer Nichols.

Though solely a circumstantial case, police and prosecutors say the evidence leads them to believe Walker hurt Aniston to the point that she died.

Defense attorneys say there are still many unanswered questions; they hope to learn the answers soon.

"We'll start to find out information about things, important things like cause of death, who else had access to the residence, things of that nature," said Ballin. "Additionally, we need to decide if we'll be asking for bond to be set. That's something we need to decide in the next week or two."

Andrea Walker is due back in court February 27.

Click here to see a full timeline of the Aniston Walker case, from the time she went missing to the moment her mother was arrested.

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