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'Zahra's Law' goes into effect in NC

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Zahra Baker is seen in this undated family photo. (File/AP) Zahra Baker is seen in this undated family photo. (File/AP)
Elisa Baker listens to a judge pronounce sentence in a North Carolina courtroom. (File/FOX Carolina) Elisa Baker listens to a judge pronounce sentence in a North Carolina courtroom. (File/FOX Carolina)
ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

A slew of new laws went into effect in North Carolina on Thursday, but "Zahra's Law" was the one that got the most attention.

The law is named after Zahra Baker, a 10-year-old disabled girl who was killed last year by her step mother, 43-year-old Elisa Baker.

Earlier this year, Elisa Baker pleaded guilty to second-degree murder with aggravating factors, obstruction of justice in the case, and to charges unrelated to Zahra's death, including obtaining property by false pretenses, financial identity fraud and bigamy. She received up to 18 years in prison.

Investigators have said that Elisa Baker dismembered Zahra's body after she was killed in order to hide the remains from police.

The law makes it illegal for a person to dismember or desecrate a body in order to conceal it from authorities.

If the new law had been in effect at the time of Zahra's death, it would have added seven more years of jail time to Elisa Baker's sentence.

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