- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Lawyer: Mother of missing baby not guilty of abuse

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The lawyer for a Memphis woman whose 7-week-old daughter has been missing for five days said Monday that abuse and neglect charges against her should be dropped, but he is also preparing for the possibility that charges could be upgraded to homicide.

Andrea Walker, 33, wore an orange jail jumpsuit during a brief court appearance Monday in General Sessions Court. She has been charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect in the disappearance of her daughter, Aniston Walker, who was reported missing Thursday.

Police said Walker told them she left the baby at home with her 3-year-old son while she took her 5-year-old son to school Thursday. When she returned home, the baby was gone, but the 3-year-old was still there, she said.

Walker said there was no sign of a break-in and only two other people had keys to the house, according to an arrest affidavit. She said she called the baby’s father, who reported her missing.

Police used cadaver dogs to scour homes, backyards and a pond in the northeast Memphis neighborhood where Walker lived with her three children. Police suspended the search Saturday after three days of looking.

Police charged Walker after interviewing her, saying in the affidavit the baby may have suffered “serious bodily injury.” Walker has not been as cooperative as investigators would like, and she is a suspect in the disappearance, Police Director Toney Armstrong said.

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Former ETSU track coach Dave Walker dies

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) - Dave Walker, who coached East Tennessee State’s track program for about half a century and was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, has died. He was 82.

Keith Biddix, manager at Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services, said Monday night that Walker died Saturday at Johnson City Medical Center.

Walker coached East Tennessee State’s track program from 1963 until his retirement in 2012. He was a member of the ETSU Hall of Fame and the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame as well as the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. Walker served on the NCAA track and field committee for seven years and chaired that committee for five years.

East Tennessee State named its home track after Walker in 1995.

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