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« Reply #80 on: January 04, 2012, 10:34:11 AM »



http://www2.hickoryrecord.com/news/2012/jan/03/2/adam-baker-may-make-plea-deal-wednesday-ar-1774280/

Adam Baker may make plea deal Wednesday
Felony charges unrelated to Zahra's murder
By: Sarah Newell williamson | Hickory Daily Record
Published: January 03, 2012
Updated: January 03, 2012 - 10:14 PM

HICKORY --
Adam Baker is expected to be in Superior Court Wednesday for a plea deal, according to his attorney Mark Killian.

“We’ve worked out a plea agreement,” Killian told Superior Court Judge Beverly Beal when Baker’s case was called before the court.

Killian declined to comment on the agreement Tuesday, saying details of the arrangement had not been finalized.

Baker, 34, is charged with one felony count each of identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense for obtaining electricity from Duke Energy in a relative’s name at his Hickory home on 21st Avenue, NW, in August 2010.

His case was held open until Wednesday, when Killian requested that the matter be heard in court.
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In addition to the two Catawba County felonies, Baker also has several misdemeanor charges pending against him in Caldwell County, including failure to return rental property, two counts of communicating threats, assault with a deadly weapon and 5 counts of worthless checks. He previously paid the money owed on the worthless check charges.
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I hope he gets more than a slap on the wrist!
I am still convinced he had a hand in killing Zahra.
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« Reply #81 on: January 04, 2012, 06:35:23 PM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/zahra-bakers-father-adam-hopeful-of-returning-to-australia-next-week/story-e6freoof-1226237055205

Zahra Baker's father, Adam, hopeful of returning to Australia next week

    by: Peter Mitchell
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    January 05, 2012 7:38AM

THE father of murdered disabled schoolgirl Zahra Baker hopes to be back in Australia next week.

Adam Baker, who was cleared by US authorities of any involvement in the murder and dismemberment of 10-year-old cancer survivor Zahra in 2010, is expected to agree to a plea deal in a North Carolina court today after being charged with identity theft and obtaining property by false pretences.

It is alleged he used a relative's name to hook up electricity to his North Carolina home.

After meeting with his lawyer Mark Killian and District Attorney's Office prosecutors it was announced Baker would return to the Catawba County Superior Court on Thursday.

Baker, 34, is also charged with nine misdemeanors in another North Carolina county, Caldwell County, including two counts of communicating threats and one count of assault with a deadly weapon.

Baker is not expected to serve jail time.

Mr Killian said he hopes both sets of charges will be resolved on Thursday (US time) and Baker will be on a plane back to Australia next week.

''(Baker) hopes to get back home so he can get back and return to work and do things any normal citizen will do,'' Killian told reporters.

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« Reply #82 on: January 04, 2012, 06:50:06 PM »

Unbelievable, if he gets to return to Australia without serving time in jail.     Enough of the plea deals.  Where is the justice?   
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« Reply #83 on: January 04, 2012, 06:52:37 PM »

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http://www.wcnc.com/video?id=136652583&sec=552547

Adam Baker plea deal hearing postponed   
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« Reply #84 on: January 04, 2012, 06:57:04 PM »

http://www2.hickoryrecord.com/news/2012/jan/04/bakers-could-wrap-plea-deals-thursday-ar-1778443/

Bakers could wrap up plea deals Thursday
By: Sarah Newell williamson | Hickory Daily Record
Published: January 04, 2012 Updated: January 04, 2012 - 1:30 PM

HICKORY --

Both Adam and Elisa Baker are expected to wrap up all of their charges in plea deals on Thursday.

Adam Baker came to Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday, hoping his two felony charges would be resolved so he could move forward with his life. Instead, Baker was told he would have to return Thursday.

Mark Killian represents Baker on his Catawba County charges. He said Wednesday he hoped all of Baker’s charges in Catawba and Caldwell counties would be resolved Thursday, with the charges in Catawba County heard first.

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Baker’s wife, Elisa, is also expected to attend a plea hearing Thursday in Charlotte. Elisa, 43, is facing seven federal drug charges involving prescription medications from May 2006 to October 2010. She faces a maximum penalty of 115 years in prison and a fine of $4.2 million if convicted of all charges.

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« Reply #85 on: January 04, 2012, 07:01:00 PM »

http://www.wcnc.com/news/local/Adam-Baker-due-in-court-for--136652583.html

Adam Baker plea deal hearing postponed
by GREG ARGOS / NewsChannel 36 Staff
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Posted on January 4, 2012 at 8:09 AM
Updated today at 5:02 PM

NEWTON, N.C. -- Adam Baker will have to wait another day before he'll know the final detail of a plea bargain his attorney is preparing with the Catawba County District Attorney's Office.

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Wednesday morning, Baker, his attorney Mark Killian, and lawyers with the District Attorney's Office met behind closed doors to work out the details of the plea agreement. It's unlikely Baker will face any jail time.

"[Adam] hopes to get back home so he can get back and return to work, and do things any normal citizen will do," said Killian after the meeting.

Baker could be able to return home to Australia as soon as next week. Killian says it depends on whether he's given approval from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials.

The hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Catawba County Courthouse in Newton, N.C.
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« Reply #86 on: January 04, 2012, 08:20:59 PM »

http://www.wcnc.com/news/local/Adam-Baker-due-in-court-for--136652583.html

Adam Baker plea deal hearing postponed
by GREG ARGOS / NewsChannel 36 Staff
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Posted on January 4, 2012 at 8:09 AM
Updated today at 5:02 PM

NEWTON, N.C. -- Adam Baker will have to wait another day before he'll know the final detail of a plea bargain his attorney is preparing with the Catawba County District Attorney's Office.

 ::snipping2::

Wednesday morning, Baker, his attorney Mark Killian, and lawyers with the District Attorney's Office met behind closed doors to work out the details of the plea agreement. It's unlikely Baker will face any jail time.

"[Adam] hopes to get back home so he can get back and return to work, and do things any normal citizen will do," said Killian after the meeting.

Baker could be able to return home to Australia as soon as next week. Killian says it depends on whether he's given approval from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials.

The hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Catawba County Courthouse in Newton, N.C.

BBM, I would wanted to know what his "normal" is . . . or maybe I already do.  Look at this history with Elisha.  What a POS IMO.
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« Reply #87 on: January 05, 2012, 08:26:48 AM »



http://www.wcnc.com/news/local/Adam-Baker-due-in-court-for--136652583.html

Adam Baker plea deal hearing postponed
by GREG ARGOS / NewsChannel 36 Staff
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WCNC.com
Posted on January 4, 2012 at 8:09 AM
Updated today at 5:02 PM

NEWTON, N.C. -- Adam Baker will have to wait another day before he'll know the final detail of a plea bargain his attorney is preparing with the Catawba County District Attorney's Office.

 ::snipping2::

Wednesday morning, Baker, his attorney Mark Killian, and lawyers with the District Attorney's Office met behind closed doors to work out the details of the plea agreement. It's unlikely Baker will face any jail time.

"[Adam] hopes to get back home so he can get back and return to work, and do things any normal citizen will do," said Killian after the meeting.

Baker could be able to return home to Australia as soon as next week. Killian says it depends on whether he's given approval from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials.

The hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Catawba County Courthouse in Newton, N.C.

BBM, I would wanted to know what his "normal" is . . . or maybe I already do.  Look at this history with Elisha.  What a POS IMO.



Even if he was cleared of charges in Zahra's death and dismemberment, the  horrible way Zarha lived while in his care (and yes, she was in his care and he was responsible for her!) and the horrible way she died will follow him no matter where he goes imo.  Even if he had never raised a hand against Zahra, he still should be held accountable for child neglect and for failing to protect her in the very, very least.  Failure to provide medical aid.  She didn't have her cancer check ups and the too small prothesis had to be a big problem for Zahra.  It was said she was sick in bed.  He didn't take her to the doctor for that either. He failed to insure she was enrolled in school or receiving an education.  IMO he failed to protect her from abuse from Elisha, both physical and mental.  Others had witnessed this. He failed to stop or report Elisha abusing his daughter.   I find it very, very sad it was hot check charges and using a false name to get electric service turned on as the reason he's behind bars, and not because of Zahra.   I guess it's been decided by the powers that be to get him out of the country and back to Aus.  And equally sad Elisha is in jail for drug charges with plea deals    Where is the justice for Zahra?   
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« Reply #88 on: January 05, 2012, 02:44:12 PM »

http://www.wxii12.com/r/30142788/detail.html

Elisa Baker Pleads Guilty To Federal Charge
Baker Faces Up To 20 Years In Prison
POSTED: 2:09 pm EST January 5, 2012
UPDATED: 2:11 pm EST January 5, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The North Carolina woman who pleaded guilty to killing her 10-year-old disabled stepdaughter has pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge.

Elisa Baker on Thursday pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Charlotte to one count of conspiracy to sell drugs. Prosecutors then agreed to drop six other charges.

No sentencing date has been set. Baker faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million dollar fine when she is sentenced.

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Read more: http://www.wxii12.com/news/30142788/detail.html#ixzz1ic9qEhLn
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« Reply #89 on: January 05, 2012, 02:49:34 PM »

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/01/05/2900481/adam-baker-pleads-guilty-to-misdemeanor.html

Adam Baker pleads guilty to misdemeanor
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Adam Baker, whose 10-year-old daughter was murdered in 2010, could return to Australia soon after pleading guilty earlier today to a misdemeanor charge against him in Catawba County.

Baker still must resolve charges against him in Caldwell County, and was headed to a Lenoir courtroom to do that today.

In Catawba County today, Baker pleaded guilty to using someone else's identity to illegally get power at his Hickory home, according to WCNC-TV, the *******'s news partner.

Hickory Daily Record reports that Baker received a suspended jail sentence of 45 days, 18 months of unsupervised probation and was ordered to repay $349.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/01/05/2900481/adam-baker-pleads-guilty-to-misdemeanor.html#storylink=cpy
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« Reply #90 on: January 05, 2012, 03:08:28 PM »

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/01/05/2900481/adam-baker-pleads-guilty-to-misdemeanor.html

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Adam Baker, whose 10-year-old daughter was murdered in 2010, could return to Australia soon after pleading guilty earlier today to a misdemeanor charge against him in Catawba County.

Baker still must resolve charges against him in Caldwell County, and was headed to a Lenoir courtroom to do that today.

In Catawba County today, Baker pleaded guilty to using someone else's identity to illegally get power at his Hickory home, according to WCNC-TV, the *******'s news partner.

Hickory Daily Record reports that Baker received a suspended jail sentence of 45 days, 18 months of unsupervised probation and was ordered to repay $349.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/01/05/2900481/adam-baker-pleads-guilty-to-misdemeanor.html#storylink=cpy

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« Reply #91 on: January 05, 2012, 05:09:43 PM »

http://caldwellcounty.wbtv.com/news/community-spirit/70320-2nd-memorial-discovered-zahra-baker
2nd memorial discovered for Zahra Baker
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Thursday, January 5th, 2012, 1:16pm


GRANITE FALLS - While an official memorial to Zahra Baker has been built on Christie Road in Granite Falls, a makeshift memorial garden has been created a few miles away, deep in the woods off Dudley Shoals Road.
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« Reply #92 on: January 05, 2012, 05:29:13 PM »

http://www.wcnc.com/news/local/136767973.html

In surprise move, Adam Baker drops plea deal
Posted on January 5, 2012 at 5:06 PM
Updated today at 5:09 PM


LENOIR, N.C. -- Adam Baker, the father of the late Zahra Baker, was expected to plead guilty Thursday afternoon to misdemeanor charges, but he made a surprise move.

Instead, Baker pleaded not guilty to charges of three total counts of assault and communicating threats, all misdemeanors.

With that not guilty plea, Baker's trial started immediately on Thursday.

Baker, meanwhile, had to pay back $350 in restitution after pleading guilty to identity theft in a Catawba County courtroom earlier on Thursday.   ::snipping2::
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« Reply #93 on: January 05, 2012, 06:43:49 PM »

http://www2.hickoryrecord.com/news/2012/jan/05/3/breaking-news-adam-baker-sentenced-jail-ar-1783393/

Adam Baker sentenced to jail
Attorney files notice of appeal for sentence; Baker not taken into custody.
By: staff reports | Hickory Daily Record
Published: January 05, 2012
Updated: January 05, 2012 - 5:44 PM

LENOIR --
Adam Baker was convicted of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon in Caldwell County District Court Thursday afternoon. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

A notice of appeal was immediately filed by his attorney, Shell Pearce. Baker was allowed to leave under a written promise to appear. His case will now go to Superior Court. A new court date was not immediately available.

Baker, 34, was facing two counts of communicating threats, failure to return rental property and six counts of worthless checks in addition to the assault charge. All charges were misdemeanors. His legal team negotiated with the district attorney's office throughout much of Thursday, but was unable to reach a successful resolution.

At about 4:45 p.m., the case went to trial. District Court Judge B.J. Mullinax dropped the two counts of communicating threats, but not the assault charge.
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He currently remains in the United States under an immigration detainer by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which was placed on him following his arrest in April 2011. ICE has been in contact with Baker about his plan to leave for Australia when his legal matters are completed, according to Vincent Picard, Southern Region Communications Director for ICE.

"As is routinely done in cases involving non-detained aliens arranging their own departure from the United States, Mr. Baker will provide ICE with flight details for his return to Australia and our agents will verify his departure," Picard said.

He could not comment on whether ICE had Baker's passport, saying that was a violation of Baker's privacy. But Picard said Baker no longer had an ankle monitoring device. And without talking about Baker specifically, Picard said ICE usually keeps individuals' passports until they leave the country.
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« Reply #94 on: January 05, 2012, 06:59:14 PM »

http://www2.hickoryrecord.com/news/2012/jan/05/3/breaking-news-adam-baker-sentenced-jail-ar-1783393/

Adam Baker sentenced to jail
Attorney files notice of appeal for sentence; Baker not taken into custody.
By: staff reports | Hickory Daily Record
Published: January 05, 2012
Updated: January 05, 2012 - 5:44 PM

LENOIR --
Adam Baker was convicted of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon in Caldwell County District Court Thursday afternoon. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

A notice of appeal was immediately filed by his attorney, Shell Pearce. Baker was allowed to leave under a written promise to appear. His case will now go to Superior Court. A new court date was not immediately available.

Baker, 34, was facing two counts of communicating threats, failure to return rental property and six counts of worthless checks in addition to the assault charge. All charges were misdemeanors. His legal team negotiated with the district attorney's office throughout much of Thursday, but was unable to reach a successful resolution.

At about 4:45 p.m., the case went to trial. District Court Judge B.J. Mullinax dropped the two counts of communicating threats, but not the assault charge.
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He currently remains in the United States under an immigration detainer by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which was placed on him following his arrest in April 2011. ICE has been in contact with Baker about his plan to leave for Australia when his legal matters are completed, according to Vincent Picard, Southern Region Communications Director for ICE.

"As is routinely done in cases involving non-detained aliens arranging their own departure from the United States, Mr. Baker will provide ICE with flight details for his return to Australia and our agents will verify his departure," Picard said.

He could not comment on whether ICE had Baker's passport, saying that was a violation of Baker's privacy. But Picard said Baker no longer had an ankle monitoring device. And without talking about Baker specifically, Picard said ICE usually keeps individuals' passports until they leave the country.

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« Reply #95 on: January 06, 2012, 12:53:05 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/world/zahra-bakers-father-jailed-for-a-month/story-e6freoox-1226238187847

Zahra Baker's father jailed for a month

    by: By Peter Mitchell
    From: AAP
    January 06, 2012 11:38AM

    Baker sentenced to 30 days in jail for an assault charge
    Australian set to appeal against the jail sentence
    Expected to be deported when court matters are completed

ADAM Baker's plan to take his murdered disabled daughter Zahra's ashes back to Australia next week has hit a road block after a North Carolina judge sentenced him to a month in jail.

Former Queensland sugar mill worker Baker, 34, spent yesterday in courts in two North Carolina counties for a variety of charges that were not expected to lead to jail time.

However, the Hickory Daily Record newspaper reports District Court Judge BJ Mullinax sentenced Baker to 30 days in jail for an assault with a deadly weapon charge relating to an incident where Baker tried to use a car to run a family member off the road.

Baker, who was cleared by North Carolina authorities of playing any role in the 2010 murder and dismemberment of his 10-year-old cancer survivor daughter Zahra, will appeal against the jail sentence.

The judge agreed not to send him to prison until a ruling was made on the appeal.

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« Reply #96 on: January 06, 2012, 12:59:59 AM »

Quote : Hickory Daily Record reports that Baker received a suspended jail sentence of 45 days, 18 months of unsupervised probation and was ordered to repay $349.

So where does he serve the 18 months unsupervised probation?  Not feasible that he would spend it in Australia.

Also it seems it could be a while until we can see if our Customs and Immigration personnel meet him on his return to Australia with questions about his taking Zahra out of our country with forged documentation.

This is all beyond belief.

On a nicer note I think the memorial for Zahra off Dudley Shoals Road shows what caring and decent people live there.  Thank you to those involved from Australia.
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« Reply #97 on: January 06, 2012, 01:40:24 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/world/zahra-bakers-father-jailed-for-a-month/story-e6freoox-1226238187847

Zahra Baker's father jailed for a month

    by: By Peter Mitchell
    From: AAP
    January 06, 2012 11:38AM

    Baker sentenced to 30 days in jail for an assault charge
    Australian set to appeal against the jail sentence
    Expected to be deported when court matters are completed

ADAM Baker's plan to take his murdered disabled daughter Zahra's ashes back to Australia next week has hit a road block after a North Carolina judge sentenced him to a month in jail.

Former Queensland sugar mill worker Baker, 34, spent yesterday in courts in two North Carolina counties for a variety of charges that were not expected to lead to jail time.

However, the Hickory Daily Record newspaper reports District Court Judge BJ Mullinax sentenced Baker to 30 days in jail for an assault with a deadly weapon charge relating to an incident where Baker tried to use a car to run a family member off the road.

Baker, who was cleared by North Carolina authorities of playing any role in the 2010 murder and dismemberment of his 10-year-old cancer survivor daughter Zahra, will appeal against the jail sentence.

The judge agreed not to send him to prison until a ruling was made on the appeal.

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Why oh why does this country's system continue to fail children so badly?! It's no wonder crimes against children continue to grow.  So, no justice, not even for neglecting his daughter so very badly. Not even that?!

RIP Zahra darlin'. I'm so sorry so many people failed you and continue to.
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« Reply #98 on: January 06, 2012, 10:53:55 PM »

Quote : Hickory Daily Record reports that Baker received a suspended jail sentence of 45 days, 18 months of unsupervised probation and was ordered to repay $349.

So where does he serve the 18 months unsupervised probation?  Not feasible that he would spend it in Australia.

Also it seems it could be a while until we can see if our Customs and Immigration personnel meet him on his return to Australia with questions about his taking Zahra out of our country with forged documentation.

This is all beyond belief.

On a nicer note I think the memorial for Zahra off Dudley Shoals Road shows what caring and decent people live there.  Thank you to those involved from Australia.

BBM

Maybe Adam will have to stay in the U.S. for 18 months until his legal matters are settled? 

Tibro, dear Zahra has touched our hearts with her goodness, sacrifice, and smile forever!  The playground, the roadside monuments, and the police memorial are just a small way to honor our angel--Zahra.   an angelic monkey
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« Reply #99 on: January 08, 2012, 12:18:28 AM »

Photo of the water color painting of Zahra at the link

http://www2.hickoryrecord.com/news/2012/jan/06/zahra-portrait-be-installed-hpd-ar-1787685/

Zahra portrait to be installed at HPD
By: Larry Clark and Richard Gould | Hickory Daily Record
Published: January 06, 2012 Updated: January 06, 2012 - 5:30 PM

HICKORY --
The story of the 10-year-old Australian cancer survivor murdered by her real-life wicked stepmother has spawned strong reactions from scores of people who never had the chance to meet Zahra Baker.

Paul Wise is one of those people.

Friday afternoon, he took the opportunity to let the Hickory Police Department’s officers know how he feels about the job they did in solving Zahra’s murder when he presented them with a framed watercolor painting of Zahra.
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Wise was at Full Circle Arts auction recently and saw a watercolor portrait of Zahra called “Little Miss Baker” painted by Hickory artist Tom Helfert. He bought the portrait, thinking he would send it to Emily. He talked to Lisa about it, and afterward decided to make prints of the watercolor: one for Emily, one for the Ridgeways, and one for himself.

Wise, in his 80s, gave the painting to the Hickory Police Department in honor of their work and Zahra.
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Emily already has received her print. She is a Facebook friend with Gary Ridgeway, and she sent this message to share with Wise.

“I just received my surprise from your neighbor, the portrait of Zahra. It has brought tears to my eyes. Please thank him from the bottom of my heart.

“I will get the picture framed after the New Year, once the crazy shoppers have left.

“I really can’t believe it. XOXO.

“Emily”

The original portrait will hang in the Hickory Police Department.

“This will be a constant reminder that our community needs to continue our efforts to protect our children and be willing to report any neglect and abuse,” Adkins said.
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