NEWTON, NC (WBTV) - The father of a girl who was murdered nearly a year ago says justice was not served against her stepmother who pleaded guilty to the crime in court Thursday morning.
Elisa Baker, 43, who was married to Adam Baker, pleaded guilty to various charges stemming from the death of her disabled 10-year-old daughter, Zahra Baker.
Elisa Baker entered a plea of guilty to second-degree murder, nearly a year after the disabled Australian girl was reported missing from her home in Hickory.
During the hearing Thursday afternoon, Adam Baker addressed the court and spoke directly to Elisa Baker.
"I trusted you with the most precious thing in my life," said Adam Baker, who was apparently not legally married to Elisa since she also plead guilty to bigamy on Thursday.
"You not only lied to me, you also lied to Zahra," and he added, "You took the life of the most loving and lovable little girl."
He went on to say that Zahra will "never get to go to high school, never get married, and never have children."
"You have destroyed my life, you have also made my life hell," and he continued, "You have destroyed my family's life and devastated the community."
"There are no words to describe the hate I have for you, but you will have to face your judgment in the afterlife, and I know His judgment for you will be worse."
When court recessed around noon, WBTV Reporter Steve Ohnesorge spoke with Adam Baker one-on-one for about five minutes outside the courthouse.
We asked Adam how he felt about the court proceedings thus far to which he replied, "It showed I had nothing to do with it, and I guess the rest of the world."
When asked if he felt Elisa Baker was getting justice for what happened to his daughter, Adam simply said, "Not really."
"I don't think Zahra will get true justice until Elisa Baker faces her maker, and He does what He has to do," Adam Baker said.
Ohnesorge asked Adam Baker what he planned to do in the future.
"To take Zahra back to Australia, to lay her to rest," Baker said.
When asked what he plans to do with his life, he shrugged and said, "We'll see where it goes."
Baker said he feels a full range of emotions now that the plea deal was entered and his wife has been sentenced.
"I don't know how to explain them exactly," he said. "There are just so many mixed emotions. I'm going to be sick, happy, angry… it's very hard to put into words."
Meanwhile on Thursday, the District Attorney issued a statement that completely cleared Adam Baker.
"As the weeks stretched into months it became clear to law enforcement that Adam Baker, upon whom so much suspicion had been placed, was not responsible for the disappearance and death of his daughter," James C. Faither Jr. said.
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