(Millington, TN) The Shelby County Medical Examiner is looking into when and how a baby died that ended up on the side of a Millington road.
A motorcycle rider discovered the baby around noon Sunday on Singleton Parkway lying face down in a ditch.
Everyone is now waiting to hear if this is 7-week-old Aniston Walker who disappeared a little more than five weeks ago.
Police tell us that the medical examiner will not be releasing any information Sunday night.
Millington investigators say the baby appeared to be on the side of the road for some time and had on a onesie, the same type of clothing Aniston was last seen in.
At the scene of the discovery, police covered the body with a tarp and left it untouched until the medical examiner arrived.
The little baby lying face down in a ditch on the side of Singleton Parkway was spotted by someone by chance.
“He was riding a motorcycle and waiting on friends,” said Millington Police Chief Rita Stanback. “He just happened to pull over to the side of the road and it just happened to be at the spot where he pulled over.”
Even while people worked the field of Jones Orchard in Millington, no one noticed this little person left lifeless.
“It looks like the body had been there for some time,” said Stanback.
‘It’s the worst I’ve seen in years,” said Inspector Charles Coleman with the Millington Police Department.
The Millington chief of policed called-in Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong because it’s the city of Memphis that is missing one of its own.
Seven-week-old Aniston Walker disappeared January 9th.
Her mother Andrea was locked-up briefly under suspicions she may have been played a role in the disappearance. She’s out on bond.
A few hours after the baby was found Sunday, detectives showed-up at Walker’s home.
Someone let them in, but Walker never emerged.
“Everything is pending right now until we find out if it is the baby you guys are thinking about,” said Coleman. “We don’t know that so I guess everything is still kind of up in the air.”
What’s not up in the air is that police are calling this a homicide.
“The baby didn’t walk there itself,” said Coleman.
It’s a baby, stumbled upon by a motorcycle rider, but carried in the minds of all those who followed at the scene.
“Of course this is a trying scene for everybody,” said Stanback. “I’m a grandmother myself and this is something that is very difficult to deal with.”
Police at this point know the sex of the baby but aren’t releasing that information yet.
WREG is waiting for the ME to tell us when and how this baby died.
And of course, many are waiting on word if this is in fact baby Aniston.