Zahra Baker's Stepmom Elisa Baker Tells TV Station She Didn't Kill Zahra

11:49 AM, May 9, 2013   |    comments
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Hickory, NC-- A woman who pleaded guilty in the death of her stepdaughter has told a Charlotte television station she did not kill the girl.

Elisa Baker talked with WSOC-TV at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women in Raleigh on Wednesday and said she pleaded guilty to something she did not do. She said 10-year-old Zahra Baker had been sick with a stomach problem the day she died.

Elisa Baker is serving up to 18 years in prison. She pleaded guilty in 2011 to second-degree murder with aggravating factors that included dismembering Zahra Baker's body.

Zahra Baker wore a prosthetic leg and hearing aids after a struggle with bone cancer. She was reported missing in October 2010 from her home in Hickory.

Elisa Baker says the girl was a blessing.

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