Elisa Baker is appealing her conviction of the murder of her 10-year-old stepdaughter, Zahra Baker.

In 2011, Elisa, 47, pleaded guilty to second degree murder for killing her Australian stepdaughter, Zahra.

The Daily Telegraph is reporting this morning that despite being sentenced to 15 years in prison, Elisa now claims she wasn’t responsible for the torture, murder and dismemberment of her step-daughter and is planning to appeal her conviction.

The newspaper describes Elisa as saying she was a “good mamma” to Zahra and she keeps a photo in her cell.

The short life of Zahra is a tragic one.  She was living in Wagga Wagga with her father Adam Baker, when he met Elisa online. In 2008, Adam and Elisa were married when Zahra and her dad moved to North Carolina to start their new life as a family.

By 2010, twice cancer survivor Zahra had been abused and tortured by Elisa to her death. Her remains were recovered by police – despite being scattered over two states.  Zahra’s ashes ashes were scattered into the ocean at Nobbys Beach in Newcastle in 2012.

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  • Thus was and still such a tragic story. I can’t believe this monster wants to appeal sentence. I think she should have gotten life in prison not 15 years.


  • Such a horrible thing you do wonder what goes on in some peoples head


  • This is a truly horrible story.


  • Tjis is disgusting. She was found guilty – how can she now appeal and try make out she didn’t do it. I have to read up on the real story again as I’ve forgotten the details


  • She should be charged with murder, and if the post mortem showed the abuse was over a period of time and they can work out how many times, she should be charged for each one of them on top of the murder charge.
    She is definitely one that they should lock up and forget where they put the keys


  • I hope her appeal fails. She should have got life


  • Distressing for the family when these appeals are made


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