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Elisa Baker indicted again

February 28, 2011

Elisa Baker

Additional indictments have been filed against the stepmother of Zahra Baker, this time on unrelated charges in Caldwell County.
A Caldwell County Grand Jury returned a true bill of indictment for Elisa Annette Baker, 42, on one count of financial identity fraud and obtaining property by false pretenses. Court records show that on or about April 3, 2010, Elisa “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously” did obtain electric utility service from Duke Energy for the family’s Hudson home while using someone else’s name without permission.
An order for her arrest was issued, and it will be served to the woman who has been confined to the Catawba County Detention Center since being arrested for an obstruction of justice charge on Oct. 10, 2010, the day after Zahra was reported missing. Elisa is expected to appear in Caldwell County Superior Court during the week of May 2.
She also is expected to appear in Caldwell County District Court on Monday, April 11 for multiple misdemeanor offenses. The list of charges includes communicating threats, driving while license revoked and worthless checks.
That is the same day that Adam Baker, Zahra’s father, is expected to be appear in Caldwell County District Court for similar charges.
Elisa was indicted last week on a second-degree murder charge for the death of her 10-year-old stepdaughter by the Catawba County Grand Jury and is being represented by Scott Reilly.
Three days later, Defense Attorney Lisa Dubs spoke to the media about an agreement she helped negotiate with 25th Prosecutorial District Attorney Jay Gaither that allowed her client to avoid facing a first-degree murder charge that could have led to a sentence of life in prison or the death penalty.
Gaither did not comment on Dubs’ assertions, though he has maintained that any credible evidence found that could warrant a first-degree murder charge could lead to a superceding indictment for first-degree murder against Elisa.
Elisa also has been indicted on obstruction of justice, related to her admission of writing a fake ransom note tied to Zahra’s disappearance in October, and bigamy. She still was married to a man named Aaron Young at the time she wed Adam after they met through the Internet.
Members of the Hickory Police Department first learned about the freckled-face, Australian girl who wore hearing aids and had a prosthetic leg from a bout with bone cancer when she was reported missing by her father Oct. 9. The case escalated into a homicide investigation when investigators found human remains at two locations in Caldwell County. Since that time, the case has taken a variety of twists of turns, and court records show the grisly details of how Zahra’s body was disposed of following her death and dismemberment. It was Elisa who led investigators to the recovery of remains along Christie Road and Dudley Shoals Road that – through a DNA match – proved to be those of Zahra.
The little girl’s cause of death has been ruled as undetermined homicidal violence by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill.
Elisa remains lodged at the Catawba County Detention Center under a $307,700 secured bond.


I still question myself about

March 1, 2011 by The BHHS Bear, 4 years 13 weeks ago
Comment: 225

I still question myself about the father, but only him Elisa and god knows the truth hopefuly Zahra will get justice so she can rest in peace.

It makes me mad that someone

March 1, 2011 by Bobby Light 101_BHHS, 4 years 13 weeks ago
Comment: 222

It makes me mad that someone would do this to a poor little girl. Especially if it's your daughter that means you didn't care about her at all. I wish the law enforcement could stop crimes like these from happening. If she had a heart she wouldn't have done that she needs to get a severe punshiment.

This woman....

March 1, 2011 by Matt of Bunker Hill (not verified), 4 years 13 weeks ago
Comment: 217

I think Elisa Baker needs to just be done away with... We know she killed the Zahra, we know she wrote that fraudulent letter, and we now know that she is a thief. Why would we waste our tax dollars on keeping this woman alive? In my opinion, she deserves to die. I'm suprised she hasn't commited suicide. I know I wouldnt be able to live with myself if I did all that stuff. Especially to Zahra, how could anyone do that?

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