Hickory, NC - The father of a 10-year-old girl that was found killed and dismembered in Hickory two years ago has been deported.
Adam Baker's attorney tells WBTV that his client was quietly deported back to Australia with the ashes of his daughter, Zahra, nearly two weeks ago.
Attorney Shell Pearce said Baker had been held on an immigration detainer while he appeared in court on other charges.
Last year, Baker's wife, Elisa, entered a guilty plea to second-degree murder for the death of Zahra. She had initially reported the disabled girl missing from their Hickory home in 2010.
Elisa Baker was sentenced to a maximum 18 years in prison.
During that hearing, Adam Baker addressed the court and spoke directly to Elisa.
"I trusted you with the most precious thing in my life," said Adam Baker. "You not only lied to me, you also lied to Zahra. You took the life of the most loving and lovable little girl."
Adam Baker faced several felony charges, not related to Zahra's death. Those have recently been down-graded to misdemeanors in Catawba County court.
When he plead guilty to those misdemeanor charges, immigration officials decided to deport him, his attorney told WBTV on Monday.
Pearce says Adam Baker went back to Australia and took Zahra's remains with him. Zahra's cremated remains are in her father's care and Adam plans to take her back to Australia for a proper burial.
Adam Baker still has pending court cases on misdemeanor charges in Caldwell County, but his attorney told WBTV that while those charges still remain, Baker will not be coming back to North Carolina to face them.