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Girl's birthday comes amid grim details of death

Nov 16, 2010 8:57:00 AM - thestate.com
Zahra Baker, the little girl from Australia with the resilience to smile through painful treatment for bone cancer, would have been 11 years old Tuesday.

Instead, the day will be marked with candlelight vigils in North Carolina as court documents revealed she was dismembered and police needed her stepmother's help to find the remains because they were in such remote locations.

Attorneys for the stepmother, Elisa Baker, argued the woman's bond should be lessened because she helped police. Elisa Baker has been in custody since the day after Zahra was reported missing, and she is accused of trying to throw off investigators by writing a fake ransom note for another child.

Zahra's father was also arrested on a host of charges unrelated to the girl's disappearance, but is free on bail. Calls to his lawyer were not returned.

No one has been charged in Zahra's death, but police have cast doubt on her parents' claims they last saw her alive Oct. 9.

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