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Mother of Disabled Girl Crushed By News of Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HICKORY, N.C. (AP) -- The biological mother of the Australian-born disabled girl whose remains police say were found in North Carolina tells a television station that she has been crushed by her daughter's death.

Emily Dietrich is in Hickory, N.C., where her daughter was reported missing more than a month ago. She told the Seven Network of Australia that she has received sympathy from police and
community members in North Carolina.

Hickory police said Friday they found a bone that matches the
DNA of 10-year-old Zahra Baker. It was found in an area near where
the family lived until mid-September. Zahra's stepmother, Elisa
Baker, is jailed on unrelated charges.

Police say Elisa Baker led investigators to the bone and another
area where police found remains they believe are Zahra's. No one
has been charged in the girl's death.


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