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Relative: Missing NC girl had 'terrible' home life

HICKORY, N.C. (AP) -- A relative of a missing 10-year-old North Carolina girl says she had a miserable home life and was locked in her room for most of the day.

HICKORY, N.C. (AP) -- A relative of a missing 10-year-old North Carolina girl says she had a miserable home life and was locked in her room for most of the day.

Brittany Bentley says Zahra Clare Baker was only allowed out of her room for about five minutes each day to eat. Bentley says the girl's stepmother, Elisa Baker, would get mad and take it out on Zahra, whose bone cancer left her with a prosthetic leg and hearing aids.

Bentley is married to Elisa Baker's nephew and appeared on CBS' "Early Show."

Elisa Baker has been arrested on about a dozen charges unrelated to the disappearance.

Police say investigators are having trouble finding anyone outside the household who had seen the girl alive in the last few weeks and cast doubt on what the couple had told them.

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