HICKORY, N.C. (CBS/WBTV/AP) The father of disabled girl Zahra Baker, who police in North Carolina say was killed and dismembered, spoke exclusively to CBS affiliate WBTV claiming he had nothing to do with her death.
"There's no way I would do that to my baby," Adam Baker told the station. "There's no way in the world I would hurt my daughter."
Adam Baker told WBTV that he avoided a public vigil Tuesday night on what would have been Zahra's 11th birthday, because he didn't want to take the focus off his child. He watched over the Internet along with his mother and lawyer.
According to WBTV, Adam Baker said he's been called a murderer since his daughter's disappearance last month became a homicide investigation. The Hickory home he shared with his daughter and wife, Elisa Baker, has been abandoned and turned into a memorial for the girl, complete with signs blaming the adults for the girl's death. Tuesday night's vigil in Hickory included members of the crowd calling for justice in the case.
Police said last week they found a bone belonging to Zahra Baker at one location and other remains at a second site about five miles away. Investigators haven't said how she died.
Adam Baker said when the case is over, he would like to return to his native Australia with his daughter's remains. He was arrested on charges unrelated to the girl's disappearance or death, but is free on bail.
Adam Baker declined to describe what he knows about his wife's involvement in Zahra's death.
Elisa Baker is jailed on an obstruction of justice charge. Police say she wrote a bogus ransom note about another girl when Zahra was reported missing on Oct. 9. Authorities say they can't find anyone other than the Bakers who had seen her alive in the weeks before her disappearance.
Elisa Baker's lawyers on Monday asked for her bond to be lowered, saying she led police to the girl's remains. District Attorney James Gaither Jr. said his office opposes those efforts.
Authorities are asking anyone with information on the case to contact the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551.COMPLETE COVERAGE OF ZAHRA BAKER ON CRIMESIDER