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Stepmother's aunt: Zahra died of natural causes

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By TOM BREEN
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A relative of Zahra Baker's stepmother says the woman told her the little girl died of natural causes before being dismembered.

Boncetta "Buzzie" Winkler of Hickory told The Associated Press Wednesday that she visited her niece, Elisa Baker, in jail this week. The meeting was first reported by WSOC-TV in Charlotte.

Winkler says she was told that 10-year-old Zahra had been sick for two weeks before she died. Winkler says Elisa Baker told her that she and her husband panicked and dismembered the girl, scattering her body parts in various locations.

No one has been charged in Zahra's death. Elisa Baker is in jail on charges of obstructing the investigation.

Calls to lawyers in the case weren't immediately returned late Wednesday.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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They will burn in hell

They will burn in hell

Please put an end to this

No one in their right mind would believe that when a child simply got sick and died, the parents opted to dismember her body and scatter it around the county.

There's a saying that we hear incessantly on television, that you can't convict on circumstantial evidence. That's a well-used Hollywood misnomer. Any student of law knows that many convictions are obtained almost entirely on circumstantial evidence. This case has enough physical evidence (the scattered remains) and circumstantial evidence (we cut her up, like butchering a hog) that no jury member is going to rule that the parents didn't kill her.

The DA had better get his act together and get this in front of a grand jury pretty soon, or time is going to insure that these two pieces of trash are going to walk on the murder charge.

If the DA can't formulate a case, then I'd gladly volunteer my time to drive up to Hickory and interview step-mom and dad.....with my Ka-Bar.

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You dont dismember a body if the person has died of natural causes....you bury/ cremate them. Why did they panic if they didnt do anything wrong?

They are sorry excuses for

They are sorry excuses for parents, even if that little girl died of natural causes they had no right to do what they did to her! They both deserve to rot in jail or even better do what they did to her and dismember them and just throw em in the garbage, some people just shouldnt be parents