The father of North Carolina 10-year-old Zahra Baker denied that he had anything to do with the dismemberment of his daughter.
"There's no way I would do that to my baby," Adam Baker told CBS News' North Carolina affiliate WBTV. "There's no way in the world I would hurt my daughter."
Zahra, who had lost her left leg in a childhood battle with cancer, was dismembered after her death. Her remains were spread across several different places, Zahra's stepmother, Elisa Baker, told investigators , according to court documents filed as part of a bond reduction hearing.
Elisa Baker's attorneys also claim Baker led searchers to Zahra's prosthetic leg.
The leg, a bone fragment and the girl's remains were discovered in different locations.
Elisa Baker is in jail, being held on charges including felony obstruction of justice after she allegedly admitted to writing a fake ransom note following her stepdaughter's disappearance.
Adam Baker, 33, is currently free on bail after he was arrested on unrelated charges last month. He was later released on bond.
In jailhouse letters, Elisa Baker said her husband, Adam, did something "horrifying" to Zahra after she was dead. Adam Baker's attorney told ABC News Tuesday those claims were nothing more than a "desperate" attempt at distraction.
The case has received intense international media attention in the past several weeks. In part as a result of the public interest in Zahra's story, hundreds of people packed Hickory's Union Square Tuesday evening to remember her on what would have been her 11th birthday.
Elisa Baker's sister, April Fairchild, was at the vigil. She told WSOC-TV that her relationship with her sister kept her from seeing Zahra frequently and that the family has now turned against Elisa.
"Whether her story that she comes out with now is true, there is no justification even still," she said. "The family does not support her."
Two weeks before police announced they had discovered Zahra Baker's remains, Elisa Baker indicated in a jailhouse letter that the child was dead, but expressed no remorse or guilt -- only self-pity and vague accusations against her husband.
"I was trying to save us both, but why should I? He is letting everyone destroy me," Elisa Baker wrote, referring to Adam Baker.
In an earlier letter Elisa Baker wrote, "We really didn't kill her, but what he [Adam Baker] did after the fact is kinda horrifying."
In the latest letter, obtained exclusively by ABC News, Baker said she "ain't the monster people are saying."
She also said she was frustrated by her lawyer's refusal to allow her to do TV interview requests. "I want a chance to be heard damn it. This is my life and everyone is playing with and I have no control over what is said or done," she wrote.
She sarcastically commented on the negative media attention she's received. "Maybe I should just change my name to Evil, what do you think? LOL."
In the letter, written to crime memorabilia dealer Eric Gein, Baker says she will be living alone when she gets out of prison. In three rambling pages, she never mentions Zahra or any concern for her stepdaughter, who was still a missing person when the letter was written on Oct. 29. She also doesn't cite any remorse for the girl's disappearance.