Monthly Archives: October 2010

Friends say missing NC girls stepmother was angry – Yahoo! News

This is insane. All of these people, family, friends etc all knew that this child was clearly being mistreated and no one spoke up. This helpless ten year old child lived a tortured horrible and sad life all because no one was brave enough to fight for her welfare. Some of those people are just as guilty as the step mom.
There were warning signs along the way but you never want to think the worst.   I can’t believe anyone would actually think that makes things ok.  This isn’t a random incident someone witnessed in a store, this was a constant known occurrance! What is wrong with everyone? And how could the doctors who treated this child not know? If anyone should have known or seen the signs of abuse it should have been them.
And the father? What kind of father lets this happen to his child? He is just as guilty as the step mother. In a case like this I say an eye for an eye.
Zahra Claire Baker AP – FILE – This May 2010 file photo, shows Zahra Clare Baker, 10, getting a hearing aid at an event at Charlotte …

HICKORY, N.C. – To relatives and former neighbors, Elisa Baker had a short fuse. In interviews and court documents, they portrayed her as nasty-tempered and willing to use a gun or her fists to settle an argument and say her disabled stepdaughter usually bore the brunt of her rage.

Investigators said Tuesday they believe someone killed 10-year-old Zahra Clare Baker, who was reported missing over the weekend. Baker was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, accused of trying to throw off investigators with a fake ransom note.

“She was always beating her,” former neighbor Karen Yount said Tuesday. “I told her to stop but she wouldn’t listen to anyone. That poor girl.”

Police said the search for Zahra had shifted to a homicide investigation, canceling a missing child alert for the shy but upbeat girl who used hearing aids and a prosthetic leg because of bone cancer.

Elisa Baker is the only person accused in the case so far. Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins said she was charged with felony obstruction of justice after admitting she wrote the note, which asked for $1 million. She had already been in jail since the weekend on unrelated charges. Adkins said Baker has asked for an attorney, but none had been assigned late Tuesday.

At a news conference, Adkins said police can’t find anyone outside the household who has seen Zahra alive in the last month. That uncertainty has stymied efforts to search for her, despite offers from volunteers in the city of 40,000 about 50 miles northwest of Charlotte.

“We understand the public wants to help find Zahra. The problem is we cannot confirm with any confidence how long Zahra has been missing,” he said. “Without this information, we cannot positively select the area to search for her.”

Zahra’s father, Adam Baker, has said it was possible his wife could be involved in the disappearance, and other relatives echoed those remarks.

“I just think this was something for a long time that we knew was going to happen, everybody that was close to the family,” relative Brittany Bentley said on CBS’ “Early Show” on Tuesday.

Bentley, who is married to Elisa Baker’s nephew, said she would have Zahra over for weekends and the girl would get angry when it was time to return home. The girl was being home-schooled, but had attended public schools in the past, police said.

Zahra “was locked in her room, allowed five minutes out a day to eat, that was it,” Bentley said. “She was beat almost every time I was over there for just the smallest things. Elisa would get mad, she would take it out on Zahra, things the kid didn’t deserve.”

Adkins did not take any questions or further explain why the case was being treated as a homicide probe. A search warrant revealed on Monday that police dogs detected the smell of human remains on cars belonging to the father and stepmother.

Adam Baker has not been charged in the case, though the chief said previously he hasn’t been ruled out as a suspect.

Caldwell County Court records show that Bentley filed a complaint May 13 against Elisa Baker, claiming she threatened to kill her and her young daughter in a dispute over money. She said Elisa Baker threatened them with a stun gun and a gun, and Bentley feared for their lives.

Ten days later, Yount said in her complaint that Elisa Baker made verbal threats against her child.

“She said my daughter and other girls were talking about her daughter. That wasn’t true. She just started screaming and shouting and threatening to hit everybody,” Yount said.

The ransom note found Saturday was the first sign that officers were faced with something more sinister. Zahra was reported missing that afternoon. The stepmother said she last saw Zahra sleeping in her room about 12 hours earlier, though Adkins has indicated he doesn’t believe the timeline the couple gave him.

Officers investigated a yard fire at the girl’s home hours before she was reported missing. Near the burnt limbs and grass, the note had been left on the windshield of the car belonging to Adam Baker.

It was addressed to Adam Baker’s boss, though police quickly determined that man’s family was safe.

Other neighbors say they also feared for the girl’s safety.

“There were warning signs along the way, but you never want to think the worst,” said former neighbor Kayla Rotenberry.

Her fiance, Bobby Green, said an investigator from the Department of Social Services visited the Bakers’ house a few months ago: “I saw him when he knocked on their door. He said they were looking into whether the girl was being beaten.”

The agency didn’t return a phone message Tuesday.

Adam Baker was from Australia, and met his current wife over the Internet, a family friend said. Zahra’s mother lives outside the U.S.

I swear I think Haliburton must be running the minning rescue operation!

She Blew Her Top!

We all knew it would happen one day.

Ex-CNN host Rick Sanchez says he ‘screwed up’ – Yahoo! News

Really? All the while holding up his new book that he wants to promote! Good grief Charlie Brown!

Ex-CNN host Rick Sanchez says he ‘screwed up’ – Yahoo! News.

Got It!

Miss Bright Eyes

This is Luna, my daughter’s dog. She and her sister Molly have been staying with me for awhile. I can’t believe how much I have come to love them. They are both so expressive and funny. You can’t tell from this photo but Luna is the goofy silly one.  She is very happy go lucky whereas her sister needs Prozac.  I really don’t want them to leave in a few weeks.

ROCK HILL | Man charged with animal cruelty, threatening official | The Herald – Rock Hill, SC

Dirty Rotten Bastard. Stupid and evil. I would bite him too if I were a dog.  Sounds like a cave man, “the dog bit me so I was going to let it go.”  What an idiot. Good doggie, good doggie.

ROCK HILL | Man charged with animal cruelty, threatening official | The Herald – Rock Hill, SC.

Obama as Roman emperor — the rise and fall of the propaganda master – Yahoo! News

Fascinating article.

Obama as Roman emperor — the rise and fall of the propaganda master – Yahoo! News.

Rural Tennessee fire sparks conservative ideological debate | The Upshot Yahoo! News – Yahoo! News

This is  a disgrace to the human race.  It goes against all normal morals.  How low can you go is what I think when I read this nonsense.  I have known quite a few firefighters but never any who would act like this.

There are many ways the monetary problem could have been handled. The homeowner could have been billed after the emergency.  Maybe he could have performed a community service. Maybe he could have volunteered with the fire department. Instead he was held hostage by members of his own community. For a lousy seventy-five dollars!

Rural Tennessee fire sparks conservative ideological debate | The Upshot Yahoo! News – Yahoo! News.

The bookstore (the best place to be)

It was the Goodwill this time around.  The little book on the top of the pile is a beautiful little pop-up book about the birth of Jesus.  Teacher Man by Frank McCourt sounded interesting but I could not read Angela’s Ashes written by him because it was so very sad and depressing.  The Last Sin Eater by Francine Rivers is a great book about suffering, seeking, and redemption.  It is set in the Great Smokey Mountains and revolves around a little girl named Cadi and a person known as the sin eater. During the early nineteenth century in the lowlands of Scotland and the Welsh border district Sin eaters were a common practice.  It’s a fascinating story.  The top and bottom books are for my grandson.