A Tennessee mom has been charged with first-degree murder after her 7-week-old baby was found dead in a ditch by a motorcyclist this weekend, according to police. Little Aniston Walker was reported missing on January 6 after her mother, Andrea Walker, claimed she had left the infant at home alone with her 3-year-old while she took her older child to school. You may recall that Andrea had already faced problems with the law, as she had been previously charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse and two counts of aggravated child neglect or endangerment. But her latest act of negligence has resulted in the loss of a tiny angel.
Police are still unsure of how the baby died and an autopsy is being conducted this week. Here's what we do know: after Andrea returned from dropping off her 5-year-old, she found that her infant had "disappeared" from the home. She called the baby's father, who didn't live with them, and he reported Aniston missing. She then left her toddler home alone AGAIN in order to scour the neighborhood looking for her baby.
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It's impossible for most of us to fathom what Andrea was thinking in the first place, leaving an infant and a toddler all by themselves in a house filled with items and objects that could be potentially dangerous or fatal. I wish we could assume she wasn't thinking properly because her infant had vanished, but it's clear she left them alone at other times, as well.
Prior to the discovery of Aniston's body, Andrea pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated child abuse or neglect and was free on $250,000 bond. She has since turned herself in and has been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child neglect or endangerment.
How incredibly sad. This poor little baby never had a chance to experience life. I hope her siblings are placed with relatives who are caring and sensitive to the fact that they've just lost a baby sister AND a mom.
What do you think about the details of the case surrounding this little baby's death?
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