Elisa Baker (Courtesy: WBTV)
Hickory, NC-- A woman who pleaded guilty in the death of her stepdaughter has told a Charlotte television station she did not kill the girl.
Elisa Baker talked with WSOC-TV at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women in Raleigh on Wednesday and said she pleaded guilty to something she did not do. She said 10-year-old Zahra Baker had been sick with a stomach problem the day she died.
Elisa Baker is serving up to 18 years in prison. She pleaded guilty in 2011 to second-degree murder with aggravating factors that included dismembering Zahra Baker's body.
Zahra Baker wore a prosthetic leg and hearing aids after a struggle with bone cancer. She was reported missing in October 2010 from her home in Hickory.
Elisa Baker says the girl was a blessing.