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    Unhappy Zahra Baker's body may have been found

    Zahra Baker's body may have been found

    Peter Mitchell, AAP
    November 12, 2010, 5:06 am

    After a month-long search in garbage tips, ponds, creeks and bushland in the vicinity of the 10-year-old Australian girl's home in Hickory, North Carolina, police on Thursday (local time) announced they had "located evidence that could provide valuable information in the Zahra Baker case".
    Hickory police would not reveal what the evidence was, but local media outlets are reporting human remains were found.

    The discovery was made in bushland where Zahra's stepmother, Elisa Baker, led authorities to last month.
    "Search teams in Caldwell County yesterday located evidence that could provide valuable information in the Zahra Baker case," a statement from Hickory Police said.

    "This evidence will be analysed at the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation's lab. We understand the concern and interest in this case by the public but we must be cautious in prematurely releasing information so it will not jeopardise any future criminal proceedings."
    A police search in the area two weeks ago found Zahra's prosthetic leg.
    The 10-year-old, who had the lower half of her left leg amputated five years ago after being stricken by bone cancer, was reported missing by her former Queensland sugar mill worker father Adam on October 9, but police believe she was missing longer than that.

    Elisa has been held in custody since October 10, with one charge relating to a fake ransom note police allege she wrote and left on a vehicle outside their Hickory home.

    Media reports also say Zahra's biological mother Emily Dietrich, who suffered post natal depression after the birth of Zahra and handed custody to Adam, is travelling to North Carolina from Australia. She is expected to arrive sometime Thursday.

    Zahra Baker's body may have been found - The West Australian


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    That poor baby I do hope that they have found her body and can lay her to rest with some dignity.
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    So, it looks like there was a bone found near the leg and bones found 5 miles away?? God, what fuckers!!

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    HICKORY, N.C. – Police were confident a freckle-faced disabled 10-year-old girl was killed, but the mystery of how she died deepened when police said a set of remains was uncovered five miles away from where one of her bones was found.
    The bone, discovered in some brush alongside Zahra Baker's prosthetic leg, was discovered in an area near where the family lived until mid-September. Zahra's stepmother, Elisa Baker, is currently in jail, charged with trying to throw off investigators with a bogus ransom note. Her father, Adam Baker, has been arrested on charges unrelated to Zahra's disappearance and is free on bail.
    Recently, Elisa Baker began cooperating with police and led them to the areas where the remains and the bone were found, though she has not been charged in Zahra's death.
    "I've been dreading this moment from early on in the investigation," said Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins, who explained that investigators matched the bone with the child's DNA. "We have recovered enough physical evidence to think we have found Zahra."
    Soon after Zahra was reported missing, investigators cast doubt on accounts given by her father and stepmother. Police had trouble finding anyone other than Zahra's parents who had seen her alive in the weeks before her disappearance, and a suspicious early morning fire occurred at the family's home several hours before she was reported missing.

    It was then that police discovered a ransom note addressed to Adam Baker's boss on the windshield of Baker's car. Police went to that man's house, and found him and his daughter to be fine. Elisa Baker, 42, admitted writing the note and has been charged with obstruction of justice, police said.
    Adam Baker, 33, is facing one count each of assault with a deadly weapon and failure to return rental property, two counts of communicating threats and five counts of writing worthless checks, authorities said.
    Zahra, whose cancer forced her to use a prosthetic leg and hearing aids, was reported missing by her parents Oct. 9. They said she was last seen in her bed at their home in Hickory, about 50 miles northwest of Charlotte.
    Zahra was born in Australia and moved to North Carolina about two years ago after her father met his soon-to-be wife online. Zahra's friends and relatives in Giru, Australia, described her as an outgoing, happy girl despite the cancer, and said she didn't want to come to the U.S.
    "Investigators, agents, officers and staff who worked on this case are devastated that we were not able to find Zahra alive and bring her home safely," said Adkins, who wouldn't answer any questions at a news conference.
    District Attorney James Gaither Jr. refused to say if the girl was dismembered or if any more charges were imminent.
    "I'm not going to discuss that right now," Gaither said.
    Neighbors and relatives have said that Elisa Baker had a short temper and was abusive toward her stepdaughter. Caldwell County Department of Social Services investigated the family because Zahra went to school with bruises and a teacher alerted school officials, who have said they are prohibited by law from discussing the case.
    Zahra's friends and family in Australia were less than thrilled when she moved away, especially since her medical treatments were free there. Kim Wright, who became something of a surrogate mother to Zahra in Australia, told The Associated Press they became friends four years ago at a cancer fundraising event. She was sitting in a chair waiting for her head to be shaved to raise money when Zahra approached, took her hand and told her not to be scared.
    Zahra was diagnosed with bone cancer about five years ago. She had her leg amputated and a few months later, doctors discovered tumors in her lungs. She had chemotherapy, but the treatment led to a partial hearing loss. Still, she remained upbeat, attending a camp for children with cancer and inspiring her fellow campers by taking part in all the physical activities.
    This is so sad

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    Heartbreaking.
    When your daughter plays "House," she pretends to be an annoying doctor with a pill-addiction and a limp.

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    This makes my heart hurt.


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    Default Court docs reveal disabled NC girl was dismembered

    HICKORY, N.C. – A disabled North Carolina girl was dismembered and her remains were put at different sites, according to court papers filed Monday by lawyers representing her stepmother.
    The court documents ask for a reduction in bail for Elisa Baker, saying she helped investigators by leading them to the remains of 10-year-old Zahra Baker.
    Elisa Baker has been jailed since last month, accused of trying to throw off investigators by writing a fake ransom note for another child.
    The court papers were reported by Charlotte-area TV stations and posted on the website of WCNC-TV.
    Elisa Baker told police on Oct. 24 that Zahra "was deceased, that her body had been dismembered and that it would be recovered at different sites," according to the documents. She was allowed to accompany police the following two days to sites around Hickory, in western North Carolina, showing them where Zahra's remains were.

    On Friday, police said they found a bone that matches DNA from Zahra, and believed other remains were about five miles away. They have not said, and the court documents don't explain, how the girl died.
    Zahra's father, Adam Baker, was arrested on a host of charges unrelated to the girl's disappearance, but is free on bail. Calls to his lawyer were not returned Monday.
    As police continue their investigation, a mountain of remembrances accumulated at the Bakers' now-abandoned home, with pictures and angels hanging from a tree outside the home in Hickory, about 50 miles northwest of Charlotte. One man stopped to kneel in prayer.
    A candlelight vigil for the freckle-faced Zahra, whose cancer forced her to use hearing aids and a prostetic leg, was scheduled for Tuesday.
    "The vigil is really about her life and her story, since we don't have all the facts about what happened to her," said Adrienne Opdyke, one of the organizers of the event planned by the Children's Protection Council of Catawba County.
    Zahra's parents told authorities she was last seen in her bed at their home in Hickory. Soon after she was reported missing, police had trouble finding anyone other than Zahra's parents who had seen her alive in the weeks before her disappearance. A suspicious early morning fire occurred at the family's home several hours before she was reported missing.
    It was then that police discovered a ransom note addressed to Adam Baker's boss on the windshield of Baker's car. Police went to that man's house, and found him and his daughter to be fine. Elisa Baker admitted writing the note and faces an obstruction of justice charge, police said.
    Adam Baker, 33, is facing one count each of assault with a deadly weapon and failure to return rental property, two counts of communicating threats and five counts of writing worthless checks, authorities said.
    Cassie Deal, a retired daycare operator who lives two miles away from Zahra's old home, said both of her own grown children had died within the past three years, and she felt a connection with Zahra.
    "I would have taken her home with me," Deal said.
    "I'd have loved to have her," she said. "I know what it's like."
    Calls about the vigil have come in from across the country, Opdyke said. Candles will be distributed, and a choir is expected to sing. Birthday gifts will be donated to needy children in the area.
    "There are so many people who want to give back and recognize Zahra for who she was," Opdyke said. "They're thankful to have a place to come and be around others who have the same heart for children."
    Some 100 miles northeast of Hickory, Kristie Pope was organizing a vigil in Greensboro. Mourners will gather at a local Ben & Jerry's, which is making a special birthday cake for Zahra.
    "We all got attached to her," Pope, a mother of three, said. "You see this cute kid who looks like the kid next door and everyone falls in love."
    Pope has also started an online group called The Zahra Project, which she hopes will be a way to prevent similar deaths. Pope was incensed by news coverage of Zahra's home life that quoted neighbors saying they knew the girl was being mistreated.
    "Our goal is to see someone held accountable for this," she said. "We can't do anything to bring Zahra Baker back, but maybe we can stop it from happening to another little kid."
    Zahra's biological mother had traveled from Australia to Hickory last week until returning Sunday night, WCNC-TV reported. Emily Dietrich, from Wagga Wagga in New South Wales province, told the Australia-based Seven Network Sunday she hopes to be able to return her daughter's remains to her native country.
    Spending her lunch break to pay respects at the growing pile of toys and flowers left in Zahra's memory, retail grocery worker Cathie Price cried as she talked about how the community is dealing with the girl's death.
    "Most little kids, they're afraid of having monsters under the bed or in the closet," Price said. "This poor little child, she was living with monsters right out there in the open."


    Court docs reveal disabled NC girl was dismembered - FoxNews.com
    So the step-mother bitch finally fessed up. Dont reduce her bail, increase it and then throw away the key.

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    I hope they uncover facts that would make her and/or him eligible for the death penalty.
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    This is sick.
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    Blessed babe. This is just heartbreaking.
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    It doesn't get any worse than this. It's sickening beyond words.


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    Rest In Peace little angel

    ugh, this reminds me of The Lovely Bones

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    As a father, I would like to know what kind of depraved state a guy would have to sink to to let some vile bedmate of his beat his beloved not-a-mean-bone-in-her-body child to death, and then (if it's even possible) commit the further insult of letting her body be cut up and left to be consumed by wild animals.

    Whatever this woman gets, the father deserves even worse. He was supposed to be her protector. He dragged her thousands and thousands of miles to come to such a miserable end.

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    You're assuming that the woman did it and the father was a bystander. At this point, we still know nothing about how all of this happened. It might well be the other way around, or they both did it or some other combination of factors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    You're assuming that the woman did it and the father was a bystander. At this point, we still know nothing about how all of this happened. It might well be the other way around, or they both did it or some other combination of factors.
    Anything is possible, but it appears that Elisa Baker (not the husband) was cited almost exclusively by the neighbors who saw Zahra being hit or abused. Excerpts from article (http://www2.morganton.com/news/2010/nov/01/abuse-turned-zahras-life-nightmare-here-ar-500680/):
    But Bobbitt wouldn’t associate with the woman she knew as Lisa BakerZahra. She saw her smack Zahra a couple of times. She saw Baker getting angry and in Zahra’s face because Zahra wasn’t running up that hill.

    Neighbor Kayla Rotenberry said she saw Elisa Baker hit Zahra and noticed bruises on the girl’s face and body. She also said that Elisa Baker told her that Social Services was investigating.

    “She was angry that people were getting into her business,” she said.

    “We all tried to stop her. That little girl was so sweet. Always smiling through it all. She just wanted to be loved.”
    Neighbors said that Baker injured her hand when she was beating Zahra and hit the prosthetic leg. Baker told her husband, she’d fallen and broken the hand, Bobbitt said.

    Bobbitt said she saw DSS workers visit. “Lisa tried to tell them the chemotherapy was giving (Zahra) the black eyes,” Bobbitt said.

    Two weeks later, on May 23, teenaged neighbors took out an arrest warrant on Elisa Baker in connection with an incident related to her making Zahra walk up that hill.
    Corrine Yount, 15, lived in a trailer on another road at the base of the hill. Her trailer formed a T to the Bakers’ trailer: the road the Bakers lived on runs up the hill beside the trailer where Corrine lived and in front of the Bakers’ trailer.
    Corrine and her friend, Brandy Hefner, 16, noticed Zahra crying as she walked up the hill.

    “She was making Zahra walk up the hill by herself because that’s how she would punish here because she (Elisa) knew it would hurt Zahra’s leg,” Corrine said.
    When the teenagers intervened, Corrine said Baker came out of her trailer and started screaming and threatening the girls.

    “She said, ’I’m going to teach these two teenagers a lesson and whip their butts,’”
    Corrine said.

    Corrine said it wasn’t the first time she’d called authorities about how Zahra was treated.

    “You could heard Zahra screaming and Elisa yelling at her, so we would call the police,” Corrine said. “We called DSS on her too, but they never did anything.”

    After Zahra disappeared, Bentley went on CBS’ The Early Show and described what life was like for Zahra inside that trailer when she went to visit.

    “She was locked in her room, allowed five minutes out a day to eat, that was it,” Bentley said. “She was beat almost every time I was over there for just, just the small things. If Lisa would get mad she would take it out on Zahra, things the kid didn’t deserve. She had a horrible home life.”

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