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Elisa Baker denies killing stepdaughter

Posted May 9, 2013

— A woman who pleaded guilty in the death of her stepdaughter nearly three years ago told a Charlotte television station Wednesday that she did not kill the girl.

Elisa Baker, serving up to 18 years in prison at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women in Raleigh, told WSOC-TV that Zahra Baker, 10, had been sick with a stomach problem the day she died in September 2010.

"I plead guilty to something I did not even do, and it wasn't even a murder," Baker said.

She said the girl was not breathing when she went to check on her. She said she should have called 911 instead of trying CPR.

Baker pleaded guilty in 2011 to second-degree murder with aggravating factors that included dismembering Zahra Baker's body.

Zahra Baker wore a prosthetic leg and hearing aids after a struggle with bone cancer. She was reported missing in October 2010 from her home in Hickory.

"Zahra was a blessing. She brought a lot into my life," Baker said.

Elisa Baker Convicted stepmom says she didn't kill Zahra Baker

Several months after Elisa Baker's plea, a hunter found a skull in the northern part of Caldwell County. The medical examiner determined the skull was Zahra's.

The girl's father, Adam Baker, was never charged in the case but was deported to Australia after it was determined he was in the country illegally.

Elisa Baker told WSOC-TV that it was Adam Baker who dismembered Zahra and threw away her remains in different locations throughout Caldwell County.

Prosecutors told the TV station that they knew about her account but that all the evidence in the case shows Adam Baker wasn't involved in either his daughter's death or the disposal of her body.

Adam Baker took his daughter's remains with him to Australia.


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  • lifeq May 10, 2013

    djofraleigh.....National Health Insurance in developed countries is paid with taxes, just like National Defense, Airports or roads. It is a necessity and not a luxury and cost are much cheaper. You never get a bill in the mail or ask to pay individually. If you make more you pay a little bit more than someone who is making less or not working, but in the end it is for the peace of mind to and your family will be taken care and do not have to ever think about Cost when you are in pain and suffering.

    From the video, it appears Elisa herself needs/was on serious medication. She does not look well. Not sure where is Her family. Not the best person to leave a child unattended for such a long time.

    Zahra was not in school or in the system, so no support or monitoring. Even if social services was monitoring, will all the cut backs there are limited resources.

    Very sad.

  • rbaff79 May 9, 2013

    This is so heartbreaking. The story is old but still brings tears to me. How on earth can someone do such a crime?
    Anyway I agree that this is a non-news.

  • Tax Man May 9, 2013

    So why did she "admit" to killing her and plead guilty to the crimes? The prosecution would have to prove she did it and sounds like that may be hard to do. But she admitted earlier to killing the girl and she entered into a guilty plea of her own accord????? Why would she do that?

  • lifeq May 9, 2013

    Terkel...This child has gone through so much in life. Very sad no one was there to protect Zahra. As a parent, Adam should also have been held responsible.

  • Weetie May 9, 2013

    I don't want to hear a word from her either! She's too involved in witchcraft for me!

  • sunshine1040 May 9, 2013

    Sorry about the child and do I believe she killed the child Yes why I do not know. As for Health Care I do know they have not yet found a cure for cancer nor a way to prevent and living with cancer is not easy for the patient or for family members

  • Whosays May 9, 2013

    I don't believe a word from her.

  • Terkel May 9, 2013

    lifeq, stop trying to make this a forum about free health care. YOU have to understand that the child was murdered and no amount of free health care would have saved her.

  • Jbmat May 9, 2013

    Of course she's innocent. The jail is filled with innocent people.

  • dontstopnow May 9, 2013

    Glad the dad is gone back to his own country and this woman is in jail. She should never be free to do such a thing again.