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Bail request delayed for Zahra Baker's stepmom

Posted January 3, 2011 8:52 p.m. EST
Updated January 4, 2011 11:47 a.m. EST

— There's been a delay in a request by the stepmother of a 10-year-old disabled girl North Carolina police say was killed and dismembered to be freed on bail.

A judge in Newton on Tuesday postponed until March 7 a request by lawyers for Elisa Baker to have her bond of nearly $100,000 reduced. There was no immediate explanation for the delay. 

She has been held since her arrest in October on several outstanding warrants unrelated to the case the day after Zahra Baker was reported missing. She also was accused of obstruction of justice after police say she wrote a fake ransom note about another girl.

No one has been charged in the death of Zahra Baker, a 10-year-old disabled girl whose dismembered remains were discovered in Caldwell County Nov. 12.

Zahra needed a prosthetic leg and hearing aids after a battle with cancer. Her prosthetic leg and one of her bones was found along Christie Road in Caldwell County in early November. About a week later, remains matching Zahra's DNA profile were found in the Dudley Shoals area of Caldwell County.

An investigator with the Hickory Police Department wrote in a search warrant that Elisa Baker's lawyer told him Zahra had been dismembered, and that she and her husband dumped a mattress and box springs at a trash dump in Granite Falls and wrapped Zahra's prosthetic leg in a white trash bag and threw it into an apartment dumpster in Hickory.

The warrants note that Elisa Baker showed "deception" in a polygraph test when asked if she knew of any harm that came to Zahra.  

Adam Baker has adamantly denied any involvement in his daughter's death. Warrants contained information about two men, acquaintances of Elisa Baker, who a source said may have raped and killed the girl.

Investigators have not released how Zahra was killed.