North Carolina police appear to be close to solving the months-long disappearance of young Zahra Baker, a ten-year-old child who had successfully battled cancer twice only to turn up missing within a year of moving to the U.S. from Australia.
The latest reports on Zahra Baker are coming from Nancy Grace. She’s not my favorite broadcast journalist, but Grace has broken a few finds, including the jailhouse letters. She reports police are doing shoulder-to-shoulder grid searches tonight in an area where a female child’s bone fragment was found earlier in the week. The identity is not confirmed yet, but is likely that of poor little Zahra. Her artificial leg was found two weeks ago dumped in some brush not far from where Zahra Baker lived with her father and stepmother. Her stepmother has been in jail since reporting the child missing. She forged a ransom letter. Does forging a ransom letter mean she killed Zahra Baker? No, but it does make the stepmother look as though she’s part of a cover up.
In these new letters from the jail, Elise Baker claims she found stepdaughter Zahra Baker dead of natural causes. The stepmother said that the child had not been doing well, although there are no medical records to support these claims, according to Grace’s 11/4 newscast. Baker then says her husband (Zahra’s natural father) then did something “horrible” after finding the child’s lifeless body.
“We didn’t really kill her, but what he did after the fact was somewhat horrifying,” the stepmother said. What horrifying act is she referring to? The father does operate a wood chipper as part of his home business. The father has also implied that, at age 10, Zahra Baker had been sick and was also moody, going through puberty at age 10. (What that really has to do with anything, no reporter has been able to explain)
My question is what happens when the remains of young Zahra Baker are finally found? Is there any punishment that fits this crime?
Source: Nancy Grace: Stepmom’s Alleged Letter to Family; 4 Nov. 2011, should be retrievable after 9 p.m. Nov. 4 at www.cnn.com