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Zahra Baker – Stepmom Charged With Murder

02/22/2011

Yesterday, Elisa Baker was charged with second degree murder in the death of Zahra Baker.

The pretty, freckled-faced Australian girl, known for her bubbly personality and wide smile, was reported missing in October which led to the obstruction charges against Elisa Baker.

District Attorney James Gaither and Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins announced Elisa Baker is facing second degree murder charges in the death of her 10-year-old stepdaughter, Zahra.

Investigators believe Zahra was killed September 24th and that there were five “aggravating factors,” the judge can take into account during sentencing.  District Attorney James Gaither said Elisa Baker had a history and pattern of physical, verbal and psychological abuse of the victim, Zahra Baker.

“The defendant took advantage of a position of trust or confidence including a domestic relationship, to commit the offense,” the indictment charged, according to CNN.

The public has asked repeatedly why it has taken so long for someone to be charged with Zahra’s death.  Zahra’s severed head and other bones have never been located which may be the cause of the delay in charges. 

Adam Baker was on Australia’s 60 Minutes over the weekend, proclaiming his innocence and saying that Elisa’s claim that he dismembered Zahra’s body was the biggest lie Elisa Baker had ever told.

Adam Baker is not presently facing charges in his daughter’s murder.  Gaither said, “At this time, the state has no credible evidence to suggest that anyone other than Elisa Baker was involved in the murder of Zahra Clare Baker.”

Adam Baker, said he was happy his daughter was finally getting the justice she deserved and that he was manipulated by his wife.

Baker spoke with WBTV and said, “Elisa is very manipulative, um, abusive…to me. Very controlling.  Plus with work, I was gone first thing in the morning and didn’t get home til late.  Um, was told that Zahra was in bed because Zahra normally went to bed early.  I checked every night and from what I could tell she was in bed.  It looked like she, something was in bed.”

Elisa Baker told police that it was her husband who cut up the girl’s body before disposing it in several locations around the couple’s home, court documents showed.

He has always denied those accusations and police said there was no evidence to suggest Elisa was telling the truth.

Police Chief Tom Adkins left the door open for additional charges by saying,  “Not every case is clear-cut and only the facts and evidence of the case can dictate who is charged and for what offenses.  We will continue our investigation and follow every lead until the first day of trial.”

What the future holds for Adam Baker is hard to say, but at the very least – in my opinion – he is guilty of child neglect!

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  1. Barb2
    02/22/2011 at 8:45 am

    Adam Baker doesn’t seem to be the brightest bulb in the lamp; this case is sick. Also, did Elisa know how to run a wood-chipper; there is more to come out from this sad story.

  2. ritanita
    02/22/2011 at 9:18 am

    I am grief-stricken after reading the autopsy report. It’s clear to me that Elisa the Demon sort of Step-Monster made a deal to save her worthless hide from the death penalty by tossing bits of information to LE. It’s too bad they probably don’t have the evidence they need to find the cause of death. YKWIM!

    As for Adam and the Demon, I go back to the presser:

    ” Gaither said, ‘At this time, the state has no credible evidence to suggest that anyone other than Elisa Baker was involved in the murder of Zahra Clare Baker.'”

    and

    “Police Chief Tom Adkins left the door open for additional charges by saying, ‘Not every case is clear-cut and only the facts and evidence of the case can dictate who is charged and for what offenses. We will continue our investigation and follow every lead until the first day of trial.'”

    Adam Baker needs to be charged. Let’s hope they find some more evidence.

  3. Lindy
    02/22/2011 at 9:33 am

    Adam Baker, said he was happy his daughter was finally getting the justice she deserved…….

    OMG!! This man failed his daughter miserably in every aspect and he says this??? GRRRRRRRR

  4. donchais
    02/22/2011 at 10:05 am

    This precious girl never had a chance…from her birth till her death!

    They say God has a reason. I have to say, I’m pretty pissed-off at God right now!

  5. Denise Bradford
    02/23/2011 at 10:27 am

    I think they should take Zahra Baker’s prosthetic leg and beat the stepmother and father to death with it and send these two Demons straight to Hell to spend an eternity with the Devil.

  6. 02/26/2011 at 9:48 am

    New to this site and loving it. I can’t believe Adam is still walking free. After all he never knew exactly when his OWN daughter was missing. How can you not know? It blows me away. I am hoping they are just stalling and waiting for him to mess up.

  7. donchais
    02/26/2011 at 11:06 am

    Welcome shyloh, glad you like the blog!

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