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Statue dedicated at Zahra Baker Playground in Hickory

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HICKORY, NC (WBTV) -

A new statue has been dedicated in honor of a 10-year-old disabled girl who was killed by her step-mother in 2010.

The statue was dedicated on Wednesday at noon at the Zahra Baker Playground in Hickory's Kiwanis Park.

The playground is the most-visited playground in Hickory, officials say. That's why construction is underway to build an additional picnic shelter and new bathrooms.

"We need it because so many people are coming," said McMcLeod or the Parks and Recreation Department. 

But, that's not the only new thing coming to the park. Plans are in the final stages to build a handicap-accessible tree house for children.

Steve Aaron, of the local Kiwanis Club that raised money for the Zahra Playground, says funds are already available to build the treehouse and construction will start soon.

"I think in about six weeks children will be here enjoying the treehouse," he said.  City officials say they just hope that everyone who visits the park takes a moment to reflect on what happened to Zahra Baker and to remember all the other children who face abuse every day.

Baker was killed and dismembered in 2010. Her stepmother, Elisa Baker, is serving time in prison for second degree murder.

Two-thousand pinwheels were also set up in the park to draw attention to the plight of abused children.

April is Child Abuse Prevention month.

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