Amy Baker may face charges in Kentucky

April 13th, 2007    Author: Michael Bradley    Filed Under: News

Amy Baker may be the target of a new investigation launched by Mason County prosecutors in Kentucky for her role in helping burn and dispose of the body of three-year old murdered foster child Marcus Fiesel.

Baker was granted immunity from prosecution in Clermont and Hamilton counties last year in exchange for her testimony which broke the Marcus Fiesel murder case that ultimately led to the arrest, conviction, and incarceration of foster parents Liz and David Carroll.

Police detectives in Maysville, Ky., where, according to Baker’s Feb. 19 testimony in the murder trial of Liz Carroll, she sat in the car while David Carroll threw the remains of Marcus over the side of the Maysville bridge, are looking into the possibility of filing charges against Baker for the gross abuse of a corpse.

If convicted of that misdemeanor charge, Baker would most likely spend one year in jail.

During Liz Carroll's February trial, Baker admitted under oath that she led David Carroll to an abandoned chimney in Brown County that she remembered from childhood and watched while David Carroll burned the corpse; she also admitted that she was in the car on the Maysville bridge when the remains of the body, which was stuffed in plastic garbage bags, was thrown over the side.

"We drove to the Maysville bridge, and he (David Carroll) threw it (the remains) over," Baker said in sworn court testimony Feb. 19.

Since that time, there has been considerable community outrage over Baker's role in the tragedy, especially on talk radio. A grass-roots effort has sprung up in the form of petitions being circulated in Clermont County to encourage Kentucky authorities to take action and charge Baker.

It now seems likely that these efforts may come to fruition.

Citing serious legal issues, Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters, who helped broker the original immunity deal with Baker, said in February that it was unlikely that Baker would ever be prosecuted.

Prosecutor Deters spoke those words before Amy Baker gave her damaging testimony at the Liz Carroll murder trial two months ago.

Now, by that sworn testimony, Baker may have possibly implicated herself in the cover-up of the crime and put herself in criminal jeopardy. Kentucky is not required to honor the immunity deal that Baker initially made with local prosecutors in Hamilton and Clermont counties.
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