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Lawyer: Mother of missing Memphis baby not guilty of abuse but could face homicide charges

  • FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Memphis Police Department shows 7-week-old Aniston Walker of Memphis, Tenn. Police have suspended the search for Aniston who disappeared under suspicious circumstances in northeast Memphis, on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Officers using cadaver dogs conducted a three-day search of the area near the home where the baby lived with her mother and two siblings, but they had no results. (AP Photo/Memphis Police Department, File)The Associated Press

  • FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Shelby County, Tenn., Sheriff's Office shows Andrea Walker. Police have suspended the search for Walker's missing 7-week-old daughter, who disappeared under suspicious circumstances in northeast Memphis, Tenn., on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Walker has been charged with aggravated abuse and neglect. Police say they consider her a suspect in the disappearance. (AP Photo/Shelby County Sheriff's Office)The Associated Press

The lawyer for a Memphis woman whose 7-week-old daughter has been missing for five days says abuse and neglect charges against her should be dismissed, but he is preparing for the possibility that they could be upgraded to homicide.

Memphis police say Andrea 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. She says the baby was gone when she returned.

Police searched three days before suspending their search Saturday.

Police charged Walker after interviewing her, saying in an affidavit the baby may have suffered "serious bodily harm."

Defense lawyer Leslie Ballin asked at a Monday hearing that bond be reduced from $500,000 to $25,000. A judge set a Jan. 21 hearing on the motion.