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Intentional violence caused baby Aniston Walker's death, rules medical examiner

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The Shelby County Medical examiner ruled baby Aniston Walker's cause of death as homicidal violence, according to a report released Monday. The Shelby County Medical examiner ruled baby Aniston Walker's cause of death as homicidal violence, according to a report released Monday.
Authorities charged Andrea Walker, 33, with first-degree murder after the disappearance and death of her daughter, who went missing at seven weeks old in early January. Authorities charged Andrea Walker, 33, with first-degree murder after the disappearance and death of her daughter, who went missing at seven weeks old in early January.
Strangers dropped off teddy bears, pinwheels, and plaques at the gate of Millington's Jones Orchard. Strangers dropped off teddy bears, pinwheels, and plaques at the gate of Millington's Jones Orchard.

(WMC-TV) - On a warm day in February, a motorcyclist pulled over next to an orchard's closed fruits and vegetables stand to smoke a cigarette. That is when he found an infant face down in a ditch, and investigators suspected homicide in the case of Aniston Walker.

The Shelby County Medical examiner ruled baby Aniston Walker's cause of death as homicidal violence, which means she was intentionally killed.

"In my opinion, this death resulted from intentional violence of undetermined type. The manner of death is homicide," wrote medical examiner Karen E. Chancellor in an autopsy report released Monday. "Internal examination reveals no evidence of injuries or disease the would result in death."

The report did not reveal the violence that could have killed Aniston, but it gave factors that did not contribute to her death—no broken bones, negative for drugs in her system, a head injury was not found.

Authorities charged Andrea Walker, 33, with first-degree murder after the disappearance and death of her daughter, who went missing at seven weeks old in early January. Police first arrested Andrea, who remains in jail, on abuse-related charges when a city watch was released for her daughter in January.

Investigators could find no trace of the child during a thorough three-day search; nearly a month after officials called it off, the motorcyclist made the somber discovery.

"It is heartbreaking to confirm that an innocent child's life has been taken, but now family members of Aniston Walker can have closure and begin the healing process of losing a loved one," said Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong after Aniston's body was found 11 miles from the Walker's home.

Strangers dropped off teddy bears, pinwheels, and plaques at the gate of Millington's Jones Orchard. The makeshift memorial grew for weeks in Aniston's memory.

See a timeline tracking all the events in the case of Aniston Walker here: http://www.wmctv.com/category/279170/aniston-andrea-walker-timeline.

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