By MITCH WEISS and TOM BREEN
NEWTON, NC (AP) -- Past allegations of child abuse, a tangled relationship history and online "chainsaw massacre role-playing" were among the subjects probed by police investigating the death of a disabled 10-year-old girl in North Carolina.
Hundreds of newly unsealed court documents released Tuesday reveal that scrutiny in the disappearance and death of Australian immigrant Zahra Baker fell early on her stepmother and father, and has not wavered significantly since.
Among the new information in more than 200 pages of documents is that Elisa Baker, the girl's stepmother, told Hickory police that Zahra died on Sept. 24, more than two weeks before she was reported missing.
Elisa Baker's information led police to the girl's remains. Elisa Baker said Zahra had been dismembered after she died.
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