Andrea Walker told police she left baby Aniston at home with her 3-year-old brother on Jan. 9 and that when she returned 30 minutes later the baby was gone.
Police said the house on Falling Bark Drive in Bartlett was locked and showed no signs of a break-in.
The body of Aniston Walker was found five weeks later in a ditch at Singleton Parkway, south of Highway 385 in Millington. The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.
Andrea Walker, 34, was indicted on charges of first-degree murder in the perpetration of aggravated child abuse or aggravated child neglect or endangerment.She also was indicted on charges of aggravated child abuse involving neglect or endangerment of a child under age eight, aggravated child abuse and abuse of a corpse.
Walker is being held at the women’s Shelby County Jail East without bond.
The case is being handled by Deputy Dist. Atty. Gen. Jennifer Nichols, former chief prosecutor of the Special Victims Unit (SVU).
SVU prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and elder and vulnerable-adult abuse.
The unit reviews child cases cooperatively with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.