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Investigators: Mother complained about 7-week-old baby to child's father

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(WMC-TV) - Homicide investigators believe a Memphis mother was complaining about her baby to the child's father about one week before the little girl disappeared, according to court documents uncovered by Action News 5.

"Your baby in week 6; crying more than ever," reads an email sent from Andrea Walker's iPhone 5c before her daughter, 7-week-old Aniston Walker, was reported missing, according to an affidavit in support of a search warrant written by homicide investigators.

That email is part of what prompted homicide investigators to seek a search warrant for Walker's computer, storage devices, and any other records in her house that may have explained what happened to baby Aniston.

As part of their searches, police seized four different cell phones from Andrea Walker, two computers, two happy birthday cards, a jump start play and learn CD, a first incredible dictionary, and other assorted items.

Depending on their relevance, those items could be used as evidence in a circumstantial first degree murder case against Walker, 33. Charged with murder in perpetration of child abuse and murder in perpetration of child neglect and endangerment, she was scheduled to be in court Thursday morning. Instead, her defense attorney, Leslie Ballin, appeared on her behalf. The judge delayed Walker's appearance to a later date while the court awaits answers to two lingering questions that only science can resolve.

"Was it a homicide or not?" Ballin asked outside the courtroom. "I'm just waiting to hear what the medical examiner has to say."

Aniston Walker was reported missing January 9, 2014. Exhaustive searches of her neighborhood turned up nothing. On February 16, 2014, a motorcyclist who had pulled over on the side of Singleton Parkway near Jones Orchard in Millington found a baby face down in a roadside ditch. Police say they were able to confirm that baby was Aniston Walker by viewing the body.

Ballin says the Shelby County Medical Examiner's autopsy report will have a conclusion as to the official cause of death and the official DNA results that will determine whether the baby found in the ditch was indeed Walker's daughter.

Walker remains locked up at jail east without bond. She is scheduled to be in court on March 17.

To read the court documents, click here: http://ftpcontent4.worldnow.com/wmctv/walker-court-docs.pdf

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