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Stepmom Possibly Involved in Disappearance of Disabled Girl

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(HICKORY, N.C.) -- Adam Baker, the father of a missing disabled child in North Carolina, said Monday that his wife, the child's stepmother, could have been involved in the girl's disappearance.

Zahra Baker of Hickory, North Carolina, has been missing since Saturday morning. The 10-year-old girl has battled bone cancer since childhood, and it has cost Zahra her hearing and her left leg.

Her stepmother, Elisa Baker, was arrested over the weekend on several charges unrelated to her stepdaughter's disappearance.  Police said that no one, including Elisa or Adam, has been ruled out as a person of interest.

Adam Baker told ABC News that he hadn't "really seen" his wife since her arrest.

When asked if he believed his wife was involved in Zahra's disappearance, Baker said, "I wouldn't like to think so. It's kind of what I've heard so far. It could be possible."

Baker said because of his work schedule he hadn't seen his daughter since Thursday night.  He said his wife was the last person to see Zahra alive when she said the girl was in bed early Saturday morning.  Zahra was not reported missing until Saturday afternoon, when Elisa came to Adam in a panic.  Zahra was gone with her prosthetic leg, but her hearing aid remained.

"She didn't know very much. She came out crying and panicking. She told me Zahra was gone," Baker said.  He searched the house and then the block before calling the police.

"I think just about every officer in Hickory came to the house," the father said. "I just hope I can get my daughter back. I miss her so much."

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