(HICKORY, N.C.) -- Elisa Baker will serve at least 14 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to second-degree murder of her 10-year-old stepdaughter, Zahra Baker.
As a part of her plea agreement, Baker admitted to killing Zahra as well as attempting to inhibit the investigation by planting a fake ransom note at the family’s home in October of 2010.
The biological parents of Zahra Baker begged Elisa Baker, the stepmother who pleaded guilty to killing and dismembering the disabled North Carolina girl, to tell them the location of the rest of Zahra's remains.
Elisa Baker, 43, was sentenced Thursday to between 14 and 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. She was charged with 10-year-old Zahra's murder in February. She also pleaded guilty to charges of obstruction of justice, bigamy, obtaining property under false pretenses and identity theft.
Zahra Baker had a short, brutal life. She lost a leg and much of her hearing in two bouts with bone cancer, and relatives and friends say she was abused and frequently bruised by her stepmother.
She was reported missing on Oct. 9, 2010. Her prosthetic leg was found Oct. 27, 2010. Portions of her dismembered remains were later found, but her skull, her hands, one leg and an arm are still missing.
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