IN a crime almost too terrible to comprehend, a Tennessee mother has been charged with murder after her infant daughter was found dead in a ditch.
Andrea Walker, 33, told cops that she’d left 7-week-old Aniston at home with her 3-year-old on Jan. 9 while she dropped an older child at school. She claimed that when she returned, the baby was gone.
Aniston’s lifeless body was found nearly six weeks later – just 11 miles from Walker’s home in Memphis.
Now a famed legal expert says the heartbreaking tragedy echoes the case of monster mom Casey Anthony, and like Casey, Walker may go free.
Famed criminal profiler and serial killer expert Pat Brown told The ENQUIRER she saw “many disturbing similarities” between the deaths of Casey Anthony’s daughter Caylee and Walker’s daughter Aniston.
“First of all, both children were thrown out like trash in a ditch. Secondly, both Casey and Andrea claimed their child was with someone else. Casey said Caylee was with a baby sitter, and Andrea claimed that her baby was left with a 3-year-old sibling.”
Autopsy results are pending.
“The child died, and like Caylee, her body wasn’t found for several weeks,” Brown said.
Baby Aniston was reported missing by her father, and Andrea told cops there was no sign of forced entry at her home. She was arrested on aggravated child abuse and neglect charges. Cops conducted a three-day search around her home, but found nothing.
On Feb. 5, Andrea posted a $250,000 bond and was released from jail.
On Feb. 17, a motorcyclist stumbled across Aniston’s tiny body in Millington, Tenn. The infant was still clad in the onesie she was wearing when she was reported missing.
“I would say that it seems like the body has been there for some time,” Millington Police Chief Rita Stanback said at the time.
Walker has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, child neglect and aggravated child abuse charges.
She is not cooperating with authorities and could face the death penalty.
Casey Anthony escaped a potential death penalty in July 2011 when a jury found her not guilty of her 2 1/2-year-old daughter Caylee’s murder.
Caylee went missing in June 2008, and her skeletal remains were found the following December in a wooded area less than half a mile from her grandparents’ home in Orlando, Fla.