A Memphis woman whose 7-week-old daughter is missing expects to be charged with homicide, her lawyer said on Monday.
The comments came after Andrea Walker, 33, made her first appearance in court on charges of alleged child abuse and neglect, TV station WREG reported.
Her daughter, Aniston, allegedly vanished on January 9. Walker allegedly told police that she left the newborn and her 3-year-old home by themselves when she escorted her 5-year-old to school. Aniston was gone when she got home half an hour later, Walker claimed. There were reportedly no signs of a break-in and only two other people have house keys.
Police suspended their search for the baby after three days and contended that Walker is not cooperating with the investigation.
"Even though I'm telling you the charges may at some point be upgraded, do not rush to judgment in this case," Walker's attorney Leslie Ballin said, according to WMCTV. "This is not Salem, Massachusetts."
Ballin filed motions to dismiss the charges against his client. Ballin argued that police and the prosecution lacked evidence to back up the claim in the arrest affidavit that Walker may have inflicted "serious bodily injury" on Aniston.