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DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Friday morning the Memphis Child Advocacy Center held a flag raising ceremony in honor of 7-week-old Baby Aniston Walker, who was allegedly killed by her mother.

Baby Aniston's mother, Andrea Walker, first reported the child missing in January.

"We know that safety and trust is your birth right. We vow to be your voice, for justice."

MORE: Baby found at Jones Orchard confirmed to be Aniston Walker

 The Child Advocacy Center raises a flag whenever a child dies in our community as a result of abuse or neglect and a parent or caregiver has been charged in the child's death.

"Today we gather to honor Aniston Walker," said Virginia Stallworth, Memphis Child Advocacy Center executive director. "Baby Aniston was just 7 weeks old when she was reported missing in early January."

It was a story everyone followed. A mother who said she had left her baby with an older sibling while she took another child to school. When she gets home, the baby is missing. A search went on and on for nearly a month.

Then a discovery of the child's body in a ditch near a business in Millington. Millington in a ditch. The arrest of the mother.

MORE: Andrea Walker is charged with First Degree Murder

A baby, dead. A family destroyed. A community's heart broken. Which is why this flag raising took place, to make everyone aware that we all bear a responsibility to watch out for every child in we come in contact with.

"Each one of us should be the eyes and ears of our neighborhoods and our community, and if you see something that seems amiss, does not seem right, something that indicates a child may be at risk it's time to make a report," Stallworth said.

Even if an investigation of possible child neglect or abuse turns up nothing, not doing something could have tragic results just like the case of Baby Aniston.

"All of us have common sense and gut instincts," said Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich. "As we said once it reaches the point where charges are filed and the prosecution has begun, it's too late."

The Shelby County Medical Examiner's Office has yet to release an exact cause of death of Baby Aniston.

Police have not released an exact cause of death.

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