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Zahra's dad detained in US after court appearance on new felony charges

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Baker appeared in court Wednesday morning. Baker appeared in court Wednesday morning.
Adam Troy Baker (Photo courtesy of the Catawba County Sheriff's Office) Adam Troy Baker (Photo courtesy of the Catawba County Sheriff's Office)
Zahra Baker at Camp Quality (Source: Townsville Bulletin) Zahra Baker at Camp Quality (Source: Townsville Bulletin)

HICKORY, NC (WBTV) - In the same week he had hoped to get an answer on having his passport returned so he could fly back to his home country of Australia, the father of 10-year-old Zahra Baker was hit with new felony charges -- and authorities have issued a "detainer" against the man, keeping him in the U.S.

According to the Hickory Police Department, Adam Baker was arrested and charged with one count of identity theft and one count of obtaining property by false pretense on Tuesday afternoon.

Baker appeared in court Wednesday morning for the felony charges and he was given a court-appointed attorney. A probable cause hearing was set for May 4 and Baker was held on a $10,000 bond.

In addition, immigration officials have now issued a detainer against Baker which prohibits him from leaving the country even if he posts bond.

Once all of Baker's legal issues are resolved, he will be deported said an official with the Hickory Police Department.

Related story: Zahra's dad wants passport for a return to Australia

The charges filed Tuesday are related to Baker obtaining services from Duke Energy and are not related to the death of Zahra Baker.

Adam Baker's wife and Zahra's stepmother -- Elisa Baker -- is charged with second-degree murder in the death of the girl, who was found dismembered in at least two locations last fall.

WBTV has learned that Baker was charged by police after getting power to his home in Hickory under false pretenses. 

His wife, Elisa, is facing similar charges in Caldwell County from when the couple lived there.

On Monday, WBTV learned that Baker was seeking to leave the United States and head back to his home country of Australia.

A meeting between police, the district attorney and Adam Baker's attorney was scheduled for Tuesday to see if Baker could get his passport back for an eventual return to Australia. WBTV has learned that the meeting has been put on hold for now.

Adam Baker has told WBTV in two exclusive interviews he was not involved in the death or dismemberment of his daughter. (More about the WBTV interview)

When Elisa Baker was charged, the district attorney said there was "no credible evidence to charge anyone other than Elisa Baker" in Zahra's death

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