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Murder Charges Dropped Against Mother Of Newborn

Posted July 10, 2001

— A Cumberland County woman charged with murdering her newborn son is now a free woman.

Two months ago, Ivery Walker, 26, gave birth to a son at a friend's house.

After the baby's death, a medical examiner ruled the baby suffocated soon after the birth and it was not an accident.

Cumberland County detectives charged Walker with first-degree murder and felony child abuse.

The final autopsy report states the baby had bruises, a damaged liver and showed signs of suffocation. But the final cause of death was pneumonia.

"We have to deal with the evidence that has been presented on this case and that's the direction we have to go. We have to go with what the evidence shows," says investigator Lt. Sam Pennica.

Walker says she does not know how her son got the bruises, but she did try to use CPR when she noticed he was not breathing.

"People can think what they want. God is my judge," she says. "I wasn't even there when they buried him. I couldn't even say my last goodbyes."

Walker will now finally get a chance to say goodbye at her son's gravesite.

She says no one from the sheriff's office offered her a formal apology.

The district attorney says he sees no reason to pursue this case any further. Investigators say they will have to accept that.


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