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Warrant: Zahra Baker might have been raped

Dec 1, 2010 7:35:00 AM - thestate.com
A 10-year-old disabled girl who was dismembered after she died may have been raped by two men and hit in the head, according to a search warrant based on fourth-hand information and unsealed Tuesday.

The warrants also describe what might have happened to the body of Zahra Baker, who was reported missing Oct. 9. The warrants still did not reveal how the girl died.

The girl's stepmother, Elisa Baker, told police Zahra - who needed a prosthetic leg and hearing aids after a battle with cancer - was dismembered by someone wearing latex gloves. She also said that blood and bone could be found in the drain trap of a bathtub and the girl's body parts were put in white trash bags before being thrown in a Dumpster behind a shopping center in Hudson.

Also, a confidential source told police he heard about the alleged rape from a friend, who had heard about it from his sister. She said she was told about it by one of the men involved who said he had "done something very bad and needed to leave town." The source said he asked his friend if the men had killed Zahra, and was told "they might have hit her in the head."

The information in the warrants, some of which were posted on the website of the Hickory Daily Record, was from an Oct. 15 motion to keep the records in the investigation sealed. It doesn't say when the men may have attacked the girl.