Stepmom Admits Killing Zahra Baker
Elisa Baker will spend up to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to murdering her 10-year-old stepdaughter, Zahra Baker, nearly one year after her disappearance and death shocked the world.
From the Associated Press:
Elisa Baker, 43, entered the courtroom wearing a hot-pink jail jumpsuit and handcuffs. She sat between two defense attorneys and teared up before pleading guilty to second-degree murder, with aggravating factors that included desecrating the body of Zahra Baker, who used a prosthetic leg and hearing aids after a struggle with bone cancer.
Elisa Baker also pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in the case, and to charges unrelated to Zahra’s death, including obtaining property by false pretenses, financial identity fraud and bigamy.
Adam Baker, Zahra’s father and Elisa’s husband, was present in the courtroom in Newton, about 60 miles northwest of Charlotte. Adam Baker, who came to the U.S. with his daughter after meeting Elisa online, faces multiple criminal charges of his own, although none are related to his daughter’s death.