Heart-Wrenching Ending to a 10-year-old Survivor’s Story

Nov 16, 2010
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At 10-years-old, Zahra Baker had proven to be a survivor. She survived two bouts with cancer which resulted in an amputation below her knee. She learned to walk with a prosthetic leg and to use hearing aids. Little Zahra had moved from Australia to America with her father, Adam Baker, after he met a woman over the Internet. In North Carolina, this young survivor’s story changed to a tragedy with a heart-wrenching ending.

Human remains were strewn over a large area on the outskirts of Hickory, North Carolina, found nearly 5 miles away from where her prosthetic leg and one of her bones were discovered during previous searches. The remains are believed to be Zhara’s, suggesting the freckled-faced little girl suffered a violent death. In this video, Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins stated, “I’ve been dreading this moment from early on in the investigation. We have recovered enough physical evidence to think we have found Zahra.”

Zahra had an evil stepmother, Elisa Baker. According to True Crime, neighbors has seen “signs of bruising on Zahra. And when she visited other people’s homes, she seemed sad to go home. One person said Elisa would force Zahra to take long walks on her prosthetic leg, then threaten her with punishment if she couldn’t keep up.”

Zahra was reported missing by her stepmother and father on Oct. 9, yet police could not find anyone who had seen the girl alive since Sept. 25. Police were confident the child hadn’t run away since she disappeared without her hearing aids. The school district had received a call at the start of the year saying Zahra would be home schooled.

Elisa tried to mislead the police by writing a fake ransom note demanding $1 million that was addressed to Adam Baker’s boss but placed on the windshield of Baker’s car. Elisa sent letters to Eric Gein, owner of Serial Killers Ink, one of the top-selling murderabilia websites, declaring that her husband knows what happened. “He knows what’s happened to Zahra,” Elisa wrote. AOL reported on Elisa’s jailhouse letters, that claim neither she nor her husband Adam had killed Zahra, but that Zahra’s father did something “horrifying” after the girl was dead. “[It] makes me scared of him. So I probably am gonna go ahead and file [for divorce]. I have lost my whole life anyway.”

Zahra’s father had been arrested on unrelated charges after Zahra disappeared, but is free on bail. He had told police he last saw Zahra sleeping in her bed at about 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 9. He said he and his wife slept late on that Saturday morning and did not notice Zahra was missing until about 2 p.m.

Nov. 16 would have been Zahra’s 11th birthday. She was five when she was diagnosed with bone cancer. After she had her leg amputated, doctors discovered tumors in her lungs. She had chemotherapy and the treatment led to a partial hearing loss. Yet Zahra was reportedly an upbeat and inspiring child. At a camp for children with cancer that she had attended, Zahra had inspired other campers by taking part in all the physical activities.

Whether Zahra’s stepmother is telling the truth in her letters that cast blame on the child’s father, or if police have other leads in the mystery behind the little girl’s death, it is simply a heartbreaking story.

Image source: AP News

Author: Tessa