Zahra Baker update: Elisa Baker, slain girl’s stepmother, indicted for murder
Hickory, NC – On Monday, a grand jury indicted Elisa Baker for the murder of her stepdaughter, Zahra Baker.
The indictment for second-degree murder indicates that Elisa “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did of malice of aforethought kill and murder” the 10-year-old girl.
In addition, there were a number of aggravating factors associated with the indictment, including Elisa’s history of psychological, verbal and physical abuse against Zahra.
According to the Hickory Daily Record, the indictment reads that Elisa “secreted the victim from family and others prior to and after the offense, delaying detection of the offense” and “desecrated the victim’s body to hinder detection, investigation and prosecution of the offense.”
The grand jury found the crime took place on Sept. 24 and that Elisa “took advantage of a position of trust of confidence, including a domestic relationship, to commit this offense.”
The indictment also states that the victim was “very young, physically infirm, or handicap.”
Zahra was reported missing from the family’s Hickory, North Carolina home by her father, Adam Baker, on Oct. 9, 2010. He told authorities he hadn’t seen the girl for days, but that his wife, Elisa, told him she had seen Zahra her bedroom at 2:30 a.m. that morning. The dismembered girl’s remains were discovered by authorities in different locations in the area in November.
To see photos regarding the case, click here.
According to search warrants, Elisa claims that Adam dismembered and disposed of Zahra’s body, an allegation he denies.
Elisa was arrested and detained behind bars shortly after Zahra was reported missing. She was charged with obstruction of justice for penning a fraudulent ransom note related to the case, and more recently, was indicted for the crime of bigamy, accused of being married to Adam and another man at the same time.
She was given a bond of $200,000 on the murder charge, which makes her total existing bond $507,700.
Elisa is due back in court on Feb. 25.
To read documents related to Zahra’s case, click here.
To read the second set of documents related to Zahra’s case, click here.
To read the third set of documents related to Zahra’s case, click here.
To read the fourth set of documents related Zahra’s case, click here.
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