Father Of Zahra Baker Deported To Australia

The father of a 10-year-old disabled girl who was murdered by her stepmother in western North Carolina has been deported to his native Australia.

Attorney Shell Pearce says his client, Adam Baker, was deported roughly two weeks ago by the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Pearce says Baker brought the remains of his daughter, Zahra, with him for burial in Australia.

Adam Baker moved to North Carolina in 2008 after marrying a North Carolina woman he met online. Elisa Baker was convicted of second-degree murder last year in the death of Zahra, who had a prosthetic leg and hearing aids from a battle with cancer.

Adam Baker had been facing criminal charges unrelated to Zahra's death, but Pearce says those cases will now likely be closed.


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  • by Pete Location: grifton on Feb 1, 2012 at 01:49 PM
    WE can deport an Australian criminal but not a Mexican criminal.He must have been a republican.
  • by Local on Jan 31, 2012 at 11:08 AM
    I do not understand how a man that knows his daughter has been missing for months yet doesn't go to the athorities can get off scott free when her remains are found chopped up in little pieces. Even if he did not kill her he knew something was wrong because she was gone. Now he will go back to Australia and probably remarry and have another child that he can neglect. This is wrong on so many levels.
  • by Delmont Location: ENC on Jan 31, 2012 at 09:42 AM
    Sad ending to a sad story. It is beyond me how such a toad could have a daughter so courageous and selfless. We all need to make some good come from this by being vigilant so this doesn't happen to another child. This is what Zahra would want, I'm sure of it.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Jan 31, 2012 at 06:09 AM
    I didn't know it was ever determined that the step-mother confessed to murdering the girl, although everything pretty much points to her guilt. Isn't deporting him letting him off the hook, especially if he has more 'charges'? This is a strange case.
  • by big mama on Jan 31, 2012 at 05:53 AM
    GOOD RIDANCE
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