Zahra Baker -- Found Deceased 11/10/10 -- Elisa Baker Pleads Guilty To Second-Degree Murder

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Post by Sherry on Thu Sep 15, 2011 6:54 pm

Julie wrote:Right about now, I'd be pretty happy if they turned around and gave Casey 14-18 years.
But I do agree that 14-18 years isn't enough in Zahra's case.

Me, too, and I agree that the sentence is way too short. There goes Adam Baker getting off scot-free.
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Post by sitemama on Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:18 pm

The police chief said there was no evidence that Adam Baker had anything to do with Zahra's death. His boss said in his deposition that Adam worked from 6am till 8pm every day in a different county, which took him about an hour to drive home every night. However, he didn't work on Sundays, so why didn't he miss her from Sept. 25th till Oct. 9th?

He said he didn't see Zahra much, and relied on Elisa to take care of her. Adam said in one of his interviews that he spent more time smoking pot from spring till October than he spent with his daughter. That was really something to brag about.

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Post by Justice4all on Sun Sep 18, 2011 9:33 pm

Zahra Baker's birth mother speaks for the first time

by DIANA RUGG / NewsChannel 36
Posted on September 18, 2011 at 7:16 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Emily Dietrich, Zahra Baker’s birth mother, is on a 20 hour flight back to Australia after a gut-wrenching week.

Dietrich saw her daughter's killer plead guilty to second degree murder, and then get sentenced to prison.

She spoke only to NewsChannel 36 reporter Diana Rugg. It’s clear Deitrich is at least relieved to put this chapter behind her.


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Post by Justice4all on Mon Oct 17, 2011 3:21 pm

Elisa Baker Drug Trial Postponed

Baker Pleaded Guilty To Killing Her 10-Year-Old Stepdaughter

POSTED: 1:22 pm EDT October 17, 2011

The federal drug trial has been postponed for a North Carolina woman who pleaded guilty to killing her 10-year-old disabled stepdaughter.

The Hickory Daily Record reported that Elisa Baker's trial has been delayed until Jan. 9.


Read more: http://www.wxii12.com/news/29508853/detail.html
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Post by Justice4all on Sat Oct 22, 2011 11:47 pm

From jail, Elisa Baker says she didn’t do it

McClatchy Newspapers
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Elisa Baker, in her first public interview, insisted from jail Friday that she was innocent despite pleading guilty last month to murdering her stepdaughter Zahra.

Baker portrayed herself as a loving stepmother and an unwilling participant in covering up the 10-year-old’s mysterious death.

But her sympathetic depiction is at odds with the one painted by police of a manipulative woman who faked a kidnapping in an attempt to thwart their investigation into Zahra’s death. Family and friends accused Baker of controlling her husband and abusing her children, including Zahra.


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Post by Justice4all on Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:37 pm

Zahra’s remains could be released to Adam Baker

Updated: Nov 17, 2011 2:03 PM EST
By Steve Ohnesorge, Western Bureau Reporter

HICKORY, NC (WBTV) - Adam Baker's wish to take Zahra's remains with him when he eventually returns to Australia could come true.

Sources have told WBTV News that a deadline has passed for an extension of time for the Medical Examiner's Office to continue holding on to the remains.

Paperwork had to be filed by law enforcement, the District Attorney's office or Elisa baker's attorneys by the end of business on Tuesday.


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Post by sitemama on Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:00 pm

Hickory is also building a park in honor of Zahra. It will be called The Zahra Baker All Kids Park. I knew they were collecting money for a park, but didn't know where it was going to be located. When I went to my mom's (and now mine) house on Tuesday, I saw the sign where it will be located. It's not even a mile from our house, and they just broke ground Tuesday.

This park will also be available for handicapped kids. Wheelchairs will be able to access all parts of the park and they will even have a 'tree house' that will be accessable by wheelchairs. They wanted to raise $80,000 for this park and so far they have collected over $150,000.


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Post by Sherry on Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:13 pm

That's beatiful, sitemama!
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Post by Justice4all on Tue Dec 06, 2011 6:09 pm

Zahra Baker's remains returned to her father

Updated: Dec 06, 2011 4:58 PM EST
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By Chris Dyches, Web Content Producer

HICKORY, NC (WBTV) - Zahra Baker's remains are now in the custody of her father.

The Medical Examiner's office in Chapel Hill released the remains to a Hickory Funeral home two weeks ago. The remains were cremated and given to Adam Baker, Zahra's father.

Adam Baker has told us in several interviews that his wish is to return home to Australia and to give Zahra a proper service and burial there.


Read more: http://www.wbtv.com/story/16201456/zahra-bakers-remains-returned-to-her-father
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Post by Justice4all on Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:22 pm

Zahra Baker's father to remain in United States to serve jail sentence

Updated: 10:55 pm EST January 5, 2012

LENOIR, N.C. -- The father of murdered Hickory girl will remain in the United States for now. Eyewitness News was in court Thursday as Adam Baker was found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon.

Attorneys for Adam Baker said he has been waiting to go home to Australia and take the remains of his murdered daughter Zahra. The 10-year-old was murdered by his wife Elisa Baker in 2010.


Read more: http://www.wsoctv.com/news/30146337/detail.html
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Post by Justice4all on Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:57 pm

Adam Baker Deported with Daughter Zahra’s Remains

Jan 30, 2012 12:16pm

Adam Baker, the father of slain North Carolina 10-year-old Zahra Baker, has been deported to Australia, and has taken the girl’s remains with him, Baker’s attorneys said today.

Zahra Baker was gruesomely killed in October 2010 by Adam’s wife and the girl’s stepmother, Elisa Baker. Adam Baker, 33, had met the woman online and moved from Australia to be with her, taking Zahra with him. Zahra’s mother, Emily Deitrich, had given Adam custody because of postpartum depression.


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Post by sitemama on Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:27 pm

The Zahra Baker Park for All Children has been completed in Hickory NC, but will not open till mid May after the dedication ceremony. All the equipment is in place, except for the massive slide which has been postponed due to huge rocks that have to be removed. This will be the first park in our area for ALL children, even handicapped. They needed $85,000 to build this park, but collected over $200,000. The balance of the money will be used for scholarships to send handicapped kids to college, and it is called the Zahra Baker Scholarship.

Two writers for the Hickory Record, our local newspaper have written a book, called "StepMONSTER. It gives all the details that were not published in the newspapers during this terrible time, up till Elisa Baker confessed to 2nd degree murder. The book sells for $4.95, plus .35 state tax and $3.00 shipping and handling charges. I bought one yesterday and it is well worth the $8.30.

You can order the book by sending a check in the amount of $8.30 to:

Hickory Daily Record
1100 Park Place
11th Ave Blvd SE
Hickory, NC 28602

or order by credit card by calling 828-322-4510

Half the proceeds from the sale of this book also goes to the scholarship fund.

BTW, a skull and other bones were found today in the vacinity close to where they found other bones of Zahra. They cannot say today if they are Zahra's, but the investigators feel pretty certain they are hers.

www.wbtv.com/story/17515491/remains-found-in-area-previously-searched-in-zahra-baker-case


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Post by Sherry on Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:41 pm

Aw, that's wonderful news concerning the park.

I'm praying that those are Zahra's bones so her mother can have all of her remains.
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Post by sitemama on Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:07 pm

Sherry, the park is about 3 blocks from my mom's house. We rode over to it today, but it is blocked off and you can't get to it yet because all the landscaping and the ground rubber has not been put down yet.

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Post by Justice4all on Thu May 17, 2012 9:09 pm

No answers yet on what may be Zahra Baker's skull

Deputy: “... If it’s not her then we’ve got a whole new problem on our hands.”

By: Richard Gould
Hickory Daily Record
Published: May 17, 2012

HICKORY, N.C. -- It’s been a month and we still don’t know if the skull and bones found in Caldwell County are Zahra Baker’s remains.

“They’re still working on it, and we’re still waiting,” said Sgt. B.J. Fore of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. “We’re on pins and needles, too, because if it’s not her then we’ve got a whole new problem on our hands.”

A turkey hunter found a small skull and bones about 20 to 30 yards off Winkler Way off N.C. 268 on the morning of April 17. The skeletal remains were sent to the Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s lab for testing. The remains had not been buried.


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Post by Julie on Thu May 17, 2012 9:47 pm

That's sad. They should have this done by now. I thought Adam Baker took the remains to Australia with him. If the remains aren't Zahra's, whose remains did he take, and where is Zahra? This sounds messed up.

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Post by sitemama on Thu May 17, 2012 10:52 pm

Julie, they never found Zahra's skull and some smaller bones. Adam took what they had found, but if these are determined to be Zahra's bones, and the skull is broken or smashed in, the DA would never have settled for Elisa's pleading to 2nd Degree. He would have gone for 1st degree. He kept stating in all his interviews "if we could just find the skull".

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Post by Julie on Thu May 17, 2012 10:55 pm

Thanks Mama, that clears it up a lot! bath

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Post by snowbird on Fri May 18, 2012 8:49 am

It is so heart breaking that a person who killed and cut up a child would only get 18 and a half years in prison. It seems like a small amount of time for what she did to that child.

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Post by Nene_Please on Fri May 18, 2012 8:44 pm

Thanks for the updates. This was the case that bought me to the hinky meter in the first place. No matter what it is the charges will still the same unless Adam can be charged. Prayers do work so let's wait and see if the evil step mother runs her mouth so mommas boy can be returned from his little vacation time. The step mother did run her mouth after sencencing and she may already been working it so she will not feel alone in being charged in poor Zahras death.
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Post by sitemama on Fri May 18, 2012 9:04 pm

Our local DA said no charges will be brought against Adam. They know she did it all herself because he worked from 6am till 8:30pm or 9pm every day. When he wasn't working he was smoking pot and getting high. Zahra stayed in her room all the time because she didn't want to smell it. Therefore, it was several weeks after the murder before he even knew she was missing. He definitely was a poor excuse of a father, but we don't believe he had anything to do with the killing.

Since he was here illegally, he could not get a job, so us poor tax payers of Catawba County had to support him. We were thrilled when they put him on a plane and sent him back to Australia. Good riddance!!!

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Post by Hinky's Mimi on Sat May 19, 2012 12:31 am

snowbird wrote:It is so heart breaking that a person who killed and cut up a child would only get 18 and a half years in prison. It seems like a small amount of time for what she did to that child.

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I don't know if she will be eligible for parole any time during her stay in prison. I have a feeling that she won't have much luck trying to take an early advantage of the good graces of the parole board though. I wouldn't think she'd be making any good friends during her stay either... the word must be out on her and what she did. So many women in prison miss their own children so badly that they don't appreciate child killers very much. You're right that 18 1/2 years is not long enough but, it's going to be a very long time to be as miserable as I'm hoping she's going to be. Nothing can bring Zahra back but I certainly hope that they have found her remains. Being tossed away like trash is the final insult to injury and I hope, at least, that she has finally been found so she can go back to her home.
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Post by sitemama on Sat May 19, 2012 11:22 pm

I went to the Zahra Baker Park today. They did the ribbon cutting @ 11:30 but I didn't go till after 1pm. They said Nancy Grace had planned to attend to actually cut the ribbon, but had to cancel yesterday. Someone said some of her crew was there, so I hope she has something on her show Monday nite.

BTW, Elisa Baker is still facing many federal charges of selling prescription drugs, and the DA said she will most like get more time for that than the murder conviction. That makes me sick to hear cops and DA's say that.

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Post by Freckles on Sun May 20, 2012 7:32 am

sitemama wrote:I went to the Zahra Baker Park today. They did the ribbon cutting @ 11:30 but I didn't go till after 1pm. They said Nancy Grace had planned to attend to actually cut the ribbon, but had to cancel yesterday. Someone said some of her crew was there, so I hope she has something on her show Monday nite.

BTW, Elisa Baker is still facing many federal charges of selling prescription drugs, and the DA said she will most like get more time for that than the murder conviction. That makes me sick to hear cops and DA's say that.
Now there is new evidence, couldn't she be brought up on charges just relating to the new evidence? Child abuse, etc?
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Post by Ann - Tx on Sun May 20, 2012 1:36 pm

sitemama, thank you for the updates. It is nice when a member lives in the area of where a case unfolded and can share info with us that is not covered by local media.

I appreciate the updates.
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Post by Hunters G-ma on Sun May 20, 2012 4:10 pm

Yes, thank you sitemama..Zahra's case its what got me started following these stories. Such a tragedy. I still see that infectious smile on Zahra's face (and Caylees) that will always be a reminder of why we all have to do whatever we can to protect these precious children.
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Post by Ann - Tx on Sun May 20, 2012 5:22 pm


Police hoping skull is Zahra's

Herald-Sun
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May 21, 20121:36AM




Zahra tribute: As police await forensic tests on a skull found last month, a playground has been opened in honour of Zahra Baker (seen centre with father Adam and stepmother Elisa). Picture: The Advertiser.

FORENSIC tests on a skull and other bones found last month are yet to determine if they belong to Zahra Baker.

Authorities are nervously awaiting the test results because if the grisly find is not 10-year-old Zahra then another killer could be on the loose.

"We're on pins and needles, too, because if it's not her then we've got a whole new problem on our hands," Caldwell County Sheriff Sergeant BJ Fore told the Hickory Daily Record newspaper.


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Post by lostyou on Sun May 20, 2012 5:41 pm

Thanks for the updates everyone. I always wondered if EB told detectives where Zahras skull was and they just couldn't find it, or of she never told. I wonder what the skull will reveal. This angel will always be in my heart.
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Post by Ann - Tx on Sun May 20, 2012 6:07 pm


Local company treats Zahra playground with extra protection from germs

Posted: 10:51 a.m. Friday, May 18, 2012

WSOC - Charlotte, NC




Zahara playground treated


HICKORY, N.C. —

When the Zahra Baker Memorial Playground opens on Saturday, parents won’t have to worry about germs on the equipment.


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Post by lostyou on Mon May 21, 2012 12:08 pm

http://www2.hickoryrecord.com/news/2012/may/19/4/hickory-unveils-zahra-baker-memorial-playground-ar-2293961/

pics of the opening of the play ground. brings tears to my eyes. Love this community for making this happen and I hope it brings joy to all the kids touched by what happened to Zahra.
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Post by sitemama on Tue May 22, 2012 3:46 pm

I took my 7 y/o great-grandson and a friend to the park after lunch Saturday. They did not want to leave, they were having so much fun. It also has a train that runs around the park and they rode it 3 times. I lost count of times they used the slide, and the climbing ropes.

This park is only 3 blocks from my house, in Hickory. When her remains were located, I was living in Caldwell County and they were located off the road I traveled to get to my daughter's house. I have no idea how many times we drove past that area without knowing Zahra was there.

After her dad decided not to hold a memorial service for Zahra, the funeral home held it themselves. Their chapel was opened from 1pm till 8pm and ppl could come and go as they pleased. The main picture of Zahra had been enlarged and sat at the front of the chapel. Anyone could get up and speak as they saw fit. I went around 3pm and there were many ppl there, and several got up and spoke, one was a former teacher of Zahra's, and one was the mother of the Young's that EB tried to blame for her death.

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Post by Nene_Please on Tue May 22, 2012 4:06 pm

sitemama wrote:I took my 7 y/o great-grandson and a friend to the park after lunch Saturday. They did not want to leave, they were having so much fun. It also has a train that runs around the park and they rode it 3 times. I lost count of times they used the slide, and the climbing ropes.

This park is only 3 blocks from my house, in Hickory. When her remains were located, I was living in Caldwell County and they were located off the road I traveled to get to my daughter's house. I have no idea how many times we drove past that area without knowing Zahra was there.

After her dad decided not to hold a memorial service for Zahra, the funeral home held it themselves. Their chapel was opened from 1pm till 8pm and ppl could come and go as they pleased. The main picture of Zahra had been enlarged and sat at the front of the chapel. Anyone could get up and speak as they saw fit. I went around 3pm and there were many ppl there, and several got up and spoke, one was a former teacher of Zahra's, and one was the mother of the Young's that EB tried to blame for her death.


Thanks for the update. She will always be in my heart. To have soo many bad things happen to her and she always had a smile in every picture.
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Post by snowbird on Tue May 22, 2012 4:52 pm

sitemama wrote:I took my 7 y/o great-grandson and a friend to the park after lunch Saturday. They did not want to leave, they were having so much fun. It also has a train that runs around the park and they rode it 3 times. I lost count of times they used the slide, and the climbing ropes.

This park is only 3 blocks from my house, in Hickory. When her remains were located, I was living in Caldwell County and they were located off the road I traveled to get to my daughter's house. I have no idea how many times we drove past that area without knowing Zahra was there.

After her dad decided not to hold a memorial service for Zahra, the funeral home held it themselves. Their chapel was opened from 1pm till 8pm and ppl could come and go as they pleased. The main picture of Zahra had been enlarged and sat at the front of the chapel. Anyone could get up and speak as they saw fit. I went around 3pm and there were many ppl there, and several got up and spoke, one was a former teacher of Zahra's, and one was the mother of the Young's that EB tried to blame for her death.
This poor child lived thru so much in her short life and then have her life taken by this evil women. I am so glad the funeral home held a memorial service for Zahra, I had never heard that, I am also glad her teacher got up to talk and pay respect to this child. Thanks for information.
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Post by Justice4all on Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:11 pm

The skull found in April has been sent out of state for more testing and it could be October before investigators get the results.

Human skull found in Caldwell Co. sent for more testing

http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/human-skull-found-caldwell-co-sent-more-testing/nPq42/
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Post by Bmore on Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:01 pm

How can it take this long to figure out if the skull is hers or not? It took what 8 weeks to identify Caylee...
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Some raise questions about organization raising money in Zahra Baker’s honor

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Zahra Baker

CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. — Two years have passed since Zahra Baker was first reported missing, and now, questions are swirling around the validity of a charity raising money in her honor.

People told Eyewitness News they don't know how their donations are being spent. Eyewitness News contacted the state and found out it also has questions about the online charity.

On Monday, Eyewitness News reporter Dave Faherty went to the man taking the donations to get answers.

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Zahra Baker foundation faces questions about spending

Posted: Oct 15, 2012 1:35 PM CDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - It's been two years since crews set out to find 10-year-old Zahra Baker, and a local charity using her name may have some explaining to do.

Allegations of using foundation money for personal expenses including dinner and gas money are just a few examples that have donors upset.

Two years ago, Zahra Baker's smile captured international headlines and within weeks of her death, people around the world opened their wallets.

Jim Julian says he started the Zahra Clare Baker Memorial Foundation in January 2011 out of the kindness of his heart.

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Post by Freckles on Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:48 am

Zahara Baker. Such a brilliant smile for a such a little girl. She carried so much pain in her little heart and did it with such dignity. Open. Loving. Beauty is what she radiated. I can not fathom how anyone would wish to place any onus upon this child. May God always hold His children so dear.
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Post by Calypso on Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:13 am

Freckles wrote:Zahara Baker. Such a brilliant smile for a such a little girl. She carried so much pain in her little heart and did it with such dignity. Open. Loving. Beauty is what she radiated. I can not fathom how anyone would wish to place any onus upon this child. May God always hold His children so dear.

This case is still as sickening as it was from day one. The fact that AB was able to leave the US, with Zahara's partial remains, still boggles the mind. I was under the impression those remains would be given to her biological mother, Emily.
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Post by sitemama on Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:33 pm

Zahra's bio mom gave up her parental rights to Zahra when she was a baby. Adam had custody of her so the remains had to be released to him. Hickory and Lenoir just wanted him to go back home. He was here illegally, therefore could not get a job and the county was paying his rent and feeding him. We were glad to see him go. He shopped at the same grocery store that my daughter and I shopped at, and Kelli ran into him one day in the check out line and he tried chatting with her. She told him she had nothing to say to him and preferred that he not speak to her.

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Post by Nene_Please on Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:30 pm

This is one case I followed closely. Zahra really never got justice but at least maybe she can rest more now knowing the police officers on her case have never give up finding every last piece that her evil step mother took from her. God rest your soul Zahra. You are a beautiful angel above us now.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/21/justice/north-carolina-slain-girl/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
Skull belonged to disabled North Carolina girl, prosecutor says

CNN) -- Zahra Baker had been an international symbol of strength and hope: A freckle-faced girl who lost part of her left leg at age 5 and her hearing while being treated for cancer, she kept smiling and fighting through it all.

Yet Zahra's life ended violently in fall 2010. That's when her stepmother, Elisa Baker, told police in Hickory, North Carolina, that the girl, then 10, was killed and dismembered, according to search warrants. The youngster's body parts were then disposed of in various locations, the stepmother told police.





Elisa Baker pleaded guilty in 2011 to killing her stepdaughter.

While police found some of Zahra's remains in the weeks after she was reported missing, some parts hadn't been accounted for. But authorities took a major step forward on this count Thursday, with the confirmation that a skull found in April 2012 in Caldwell County, North Carolina, belonged to the girl.
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Post by sitemama on Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:09 pm

Elisa Baker was in Federal Court today and she received an additional 10 years added to the 18 years for Zahra's murder. She was convicted of selling drugs out of the home she shared with Adam and Zahra.

See more:

www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/elisa-baker-scheduled-be-court-monday/nWgLQ

I hope that link works for you.

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Zahra Baker playground to include wheelchair accessible treehouse



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Posted on March 31, 2013 at 10:44 PM

HICKORY, N.C. –- There are new details about a playground being built in honor of a young murder victim.

The Zahra Baker Memorial Playground will include a wheelchair accessible treehouse. That's according to a post on facebook from Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright.

Zahra is the young girl with an artificial leg who was killed by her stepmother. Organizers say the entire park will be accessible to kids with disabilities.

The dedication is expected in May.

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Alessandra_Deux wrote:Zahra Baker playground to include wheelchair accessible treehouse



by WCNC.com
Posted on March 31, 2013 at 10:44 PM

HICKORY, N.C. –- There are new details about a playground being built in honor of a young murder victim.

The Zahra Baker Memorial Playground will include a wheelchair accessible treehouse. That's according to a post on facebook from Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright.

Zahra is the young girl with an artificial leg who was killed by her stepmother. Organizers say the entire park will be accessible to kids with disabilities.

The dedication is expected in May.

Read more:

http://www.wcnc.com/news/editors-pick/Zahra-Baker-playground-to-include-wheelchair-accessible-treehouse--200818531.html

Ales, the park was opened and dedicated in May 2012. The tree house is being added this spring and I guess Rudy is going to have another dedication for that addition. The park is only 3 blocks from my mom's house in Hickory where I grew up. I took my great-grands to the park on dedication day last year. BTW, that is not a local newspaper from Hickory. I noticed the article is dated March 31,2013, but they talk like the park is just being planned, but it has been opened for almost a year.

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sitemama wrote:
Alessandra_Deux wrote:Zahra Baker playground to include wheelchair accessible treehouse



by WCNC.com
Posted on March 31, 2013 at 10:44 PM

HICKORY, N.C. –- There are new details about a playground being built in honor of a young murder victim.

The Zahra Baker Memorial Playground will include a wheelchair accessible treehouse. That's according to a post on facebook from Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright.

Zahra is the young girl with an artificial leg who was killed by her stepmother. Organizers say the entire park will be accessible to kids with disabilities.

The dedication is expected in May.

Read more:

http://www.wcnc.com/news/editors-pick/Zahra-Baker-playground-to-include-wheelchair-accessible-treehouse--200818531.html

Ales, the park was opened and dedicated in May 2012. The tree house is being added this spring and I guess Rudy is going to have another dedication for that addition. The park is only 3 blocks from my mom's house in Hickory where I grew up. I took my great-grands to the park on dedication day last year. BTW, that is not a local newspaper from Hickory. I noticed the article is dated March 31,2013, but they talk like the park is just being planned, but it has been opened for almost a year.

Sitemama, thank you so much for the information.
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Post by lostyou on Wed May 08, 2013 11:00 am

http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/elisa-baker-talks-first-time-about-zahras-death/nXkWr/

I just read the snippet that goes along with the story, I'm not going to watch it. EB still maintains that it was not murder blah blah blah. I think about Zahra all the time. I hope EB dies in prison.
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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Thu Sep 12, 2013 11:58 pm

Zahra Baker Foundation threatened with legal action

Posted: Sep 12, 2013 8:42 PM CDT
Updated: Sep 12, 2013 10:09 PM CDT


CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - There are new legal threats for a man running a charity in the name of Zahra Baker. The little girl's step-mother killed her in 2010, and the story captured headlines around the world.

Jim Julian told WBTV he created the Zahra Clare Baker foundation in 2011 to raise money for "children with challenges."

People who donated accused Julian of being dishonest about what he did with the money. A state investigation showed he hasn't broken the law, but he did fail to file the proper paperwork.

WBTV was the first to report last October when North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper's office became concerned. Julian has always said that his foundation is a legitimate one.

"(It's) to help get kids to their cancer treatments. We have purchased wheelchairs and had a laptop computer refurbished and sent to a little girl with Asperger's syndrome in the mountains," he said.

Even though Julian was adamant his foundation put money it raised to good use, Cooper's office continued to investigate, sending him multiple letters. The most recent letter was sent September 12, 2013.

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Post by Nene_Please on Tue Mar 29, 2016 2:55 am

This was the first child murder case I followed. I came across it on the hinkley meter. ( I know my spelling is way off so please excuse for this). If her dad had not lust for the step  mother and had blinders on because she supplied him with his needs which was sex and drugs, Zahra would be alive today and with her mom. The real mom was planning to come to the States and visit Zahra which shot up red flags to the step mom that Zahra may tell how she was treated.so I guess murdering the poor girl was a better plan then just spending a few years in jail for abuse.

Rest in Peace Zahra
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