We like to imagine the world is full of parents who love and cherish their children.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the case, as evidenced by this story of a Tennessee mother and her seven-week-old baby.
Little Aniston Walker was reported missing by her mother back on January 9. She had been missing for over five weeks when her body was finally found on February 16. She was identified by her physical description and clothing.
The very next day, the child’s mother, Andrea Walker, was charged with first-degree murder.
How could a mother ever murder her child? Can it really be true? Is there any evidence?
Before you start to argue that it’s not possible, consider these facts. Andrea left her baby at home with her three-year-old child while she went to drop off her five-year-old at school.
Let me repeat that, in case you missed it. She left her 7-week-old baby home alone with a three-year-old.
After returning home to find baby Aniston missing, she then left the three-year-old home alone for an hour while she went out to look for her.
Regardless of what really happened, that is simply asking for trouble. Because she readily admitted to it when the baby first went missing, police initially charged her with aggravated child abuse or neglect. She was free on a $250,000 when she turned herself in to authorities on Monday after her baby was found. It was only after the body was found that they added on the murder charge.
“It is heartbreaking to confirm that an innocent child’s life has been taken,” said Police Director Toney Armstrong. “but now family members of Aniston Walker can have closure and begin the healing process of losing a loved one.”
As if this story could get even more hard to believe, when Andrea reported her daughter missing, she “was not as forthcoming with investigators as they would have wished.”
Initially, police searched for the poor baby for three days after learning she was missing to no avail. She was only found when she was because a motorcyclist stopped on the side of the road in Millington, about 11 miles from her home. Looking around, the motorcyclist noticed a body in the ditch and instantly called police.
Investigators are currently waiting on the results of an autopsy to determine what exactly was the cause of death.
“Even if they can prove a cause of death, that doesn’t implicate Miss Walker,” defense attorney Blake Ballin said. “They still have to prove that Miss Walker caused the death in order to sustain the charges against her.”
Andrea has meanwhile pleaded not guilty to murder. If she is convicted, she could get the death penalty or life in prison.
As outsiders to this case looking in, we have no right to judge whether or not Andrea is guilty. We just have the ability to look on with sadness, and hope that justice for Aniston is somehow found.
Sign Up for Rewards for Mom's Newsletter
Love this? Join our newsletter and get articles like this and more sent directly to your inbox… Convenient, huh? Sign up below: