Zahra Baker case update: Elisa Baker indicted on bigamy charges
Elisa Baker, the North Carolina woman who’s been at the center of the investigation into the disappearance and death of her stepdaughter, Zahra Claire Baker, 10, was indicted on bigamy charges Tuesday.
Zahra, 10, was reported missing from her Hickory, North Carolina home on October 9 by her father and stepmother. Adam Baker initially claimed his wife — Zahra’s stepmother — Elisa Baker, told him she last saw the girl at about 2:30 a.m. that morning. In November, the little girl’s remains were discovered in different locations not far from the family home.
After being arrested for obstruction of justice, Elisa told authorities that the girl died on September 24 — two weeks before she was reported missing — and that the girl’s father dismembered her. She then said Adam dumped Zahra’s body parts in various locations.
To see photos regarding Zahra’s case, click here.
Elisa and Adam were married in July 2008 in Australia. Nonetheless, court documents indicate that Elisa and Aaron Young, her ex-husband, were married for 10 years and did not officially divorce until August 21, 2009 — over a year after Elisa and Adam married, according to the Charlotte Observer.
The report also indicates that Elisa remained in contact with Young and even told Adam that Young was her brother, according to police.
Family members told the Observer that Zahra was sick before she died and that her father and stepmother didn’t take her to the hospital because they feared authorities. The Observer reports that Adam was in the country illegally and Elisa had already been investigated by DSS.
To read the first set of documents in the case consisting of 19 pages, click here.
To read the second set of documents in the case consisting of 27 pages, click here.
To read the third set of documents in the case consisting of 35 pages, click here.
To read the fourth set of documents in the case consisting of 43 pages, click here.
The Observer notes that if Elisa is convicted of bigamy, she likely faces probation as she has not felony convictions and bigamy is considered a low level crime.
Both Adam and Elisa claim they are innocent of any wrongdoing regarding Zahra’s death and disappearance.
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