October 12th, 2010
11:38 AM ET

Missing N.C. girl's stepmom admits she wrote ransom note

The stepmother of a missing 10-year-old girl has admitted she wrote a ransom note found at the family's home, Hickory, North Carolina, Police Chief Tom Adkins said Tuesday.

Elisa Baker made the admission during an interview Monday night at the jail where she is held on charges unrelated to Zahra Clare Baker's disappearance, Adkins said. She then requested an attorney, he said. Authorities have obtained an arrest warrant for her on a felony charge of obstruction of justice, Adkins said.

Police have been searching for 10-year-old Zahra Clare Baker.

Police have not been able to find anyone who has seen Zahra within the past month, Adkins said, and do not know how long the girl has been missing. The Amber Alert issued Saturday for Zahra is being canceled, he said, and the investigation will shift from a possible abduction to a homicide investigation.

Zahra Clare Baker had a "horrible home life" and was frequently locked in her room, a relative said Tuesday.

Zahra was reported missing about 2 p.m. Saturday. Police have said her father, Adam Baker, and stepmother, Elisa Baker, reported she was last seen sleeping in her bed about 12 hours earlier, at 2:30 a.m.

Authorities on Monday pleaded for swift public help in reconstructing events leading to Zahra's disappearance.

WCNC: Relative: Missing N.C. girl had terrible home life

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  1. John W Sharp

    Contrary to popular opinion regular everyday people are not compelled do report child abuse. Only professional people like doctor's or social workers ale required by law to report it.

    October 12, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. gh789

    Now the taxpayers will get to fund stepmom's cush ride. After all, she was probably deliriously happy on the outside, right? Prison should be be a big change of pace for her.

    Square meals, all the drugs she can handle, lots of fighting and strife (she'll love that), better health care than you and I receive, a big ol' exercise yard, a one-in-million chance she'd ever actually be put to death even in the instance she were sentenced to that...etc., etc.

    So sad...and infuriating.

    October 12, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. reese

    The person saying they seen this coming should hate theirself for not reporting the abuse. How can u say u feel bad when u saw what was goin on and ignored it. People like that are stupied and pointless in making a statment. This is so sad and could have been prevented with just a phone call.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Logan

    She had been home-schooled for a while, after she was taken out of the public school system. I believe once she was taken out of the public school system, that's when the plan began to "get rid" of her by the stepmother and maybe others. Cutting a child off from public contact is a warning sign.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Sha

    I hope this girl doesn't come back and is staying in a safe environment, like with a friends family. Many people will gladly allow her to stay with them. Her parents don't deserve her back.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. gwen letterman

    Come on give the mom a break...She wrote songs for american idol...... she wouldnt lie about what she did to her daughter....the bad checks....times are hard..GIVE HER A BREAK...NOT...! SHE DID IT

    October 12, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Chitown

    Yeah, I don't understand it either. If there is such thing as god why would a loving god allow so much suffering? And after the suffering this loving god allows, the people that he took have to go and sit with him?

    PASS!

    May she be found alive just for hope's sake.

    October 12, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. da funkee 1

    Poor girl...to survive cancer and now this. May she rest in peace. I know the article did not state she was deceased...but we all know how these things end. Now that I've said the Christian thing...YES SHE (stepmom) DESERVES TO DIE AND I HOPE SHE BURNS IN HADES!!!! (my apologies to Samuel L. Jackson)

    October 12, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Cookie Crumble

    Every relative, neighbor, friend, or foe who now testify about all the abuse and did nothing – I hope you all rot and have nightmares for not having enough common sense to report the abuse. I say better safe than sorry – how many children must be killed before someone says something. That teacher that knew and didn't report it – I hope you never sleep another night and you should be fired. I love Nancy Grace because she refuses to let people off the hook. Some call her harsh, I say no way – she calls them the way she sees them.

    October 12, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Sigh

    With the latest news, I feel sick to my stomach. It's about time the authorities made an example of people who harm children, especially one who has survived cancer resulting in her disabilities.

    October 13, 2010 at 3:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. sbnero2

    how horrifying. Poor girl.

    October 13, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Deal with it

    The step mom must be a republican.

    October 13, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
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