Dateline | November 29, 2013
>>> it is a haunting memory,
impossible to forget.
>> it definitely changed my
life, of course, completely.
so i remember pretty well.
>> now 23, nick smith was only
five years old when a masked man
stabbed him 18 times and killed
his mother carmen .
while recovering in the hospital, nick was told his
mother was gone.
>> do you remember your mom?
>> not as well as i wish i did.
most of my memories are just stories i have been told from
>> carmen 's sister and her his
july helped raise nick.
>> he was in swimming, softball,
and she was in homecoming court,
she was a cheerleader.
>> i remember her liveliness.
she was very vivacious, very beautiful and fun.
she had nick very early in life
and did a great job of working
and providing for nick at the
>> do you feel robbed that you
didn't get to experience all the
things a mother and son get to
>> yes, everybody said that she
was a very happy person.
>> a happy life that ended up in
>> did you know immediately who
had done this? >> uh-huh.
>> who had committed this --?
>> i knew.
>> lottie was certain it was the
work of a teenager name waseen.
she told detectives her story.
things had started so
don't they auld?
>> we met by being teammates on
the same team.
>> kind of a den mother to the
other much younger players.
especially waseen, a tech
student 12 years her junior.
>> he didn't have anybody he
could share his thoughts and
>> you felt like a big sister to
>> baker was a bit of a loaner,
he latched on to lot he latched on to lottie ,
he latched on to lottie , call he latched on to lottie , calling her and work and at home.
>> i said you're taking up too
much of my time and then he
i knew it was a problem.
>> her phone started ringing off
the hook, up to 100 times a day.
>> why didn't you just stop
talking to this person?
>> i should have.
i felt really sorry for him.
>> he also said to you that you
were a good person.
>> or a very foolish person.
>> he started flipping out,
yelling on the top of his lungs
that he's going to get me and
slit my daughter's throat in
front of me.
i would come home from work and
there would be a pair of my
underwear on my doorknob and a
few days later a bra.
>> what message was he sending
>> look at me, i'm getting into
your place and there's nothing
that you can do to stop me.
another time i came home early
and i went into my bedroom and
there was waseen baker naked,
wear gart wear garter h wear garter hose wear garter hose and a wear garter hose and a gart
belt and looking into my mirror.
>> once again baker threatened
her and her daughter, this time
while brandishing a knife.
>> he has always told me he can
get away with the perfect
>> finally lottie decided to let
the justice system take over.
baker was arrested in august,
but released on bond.
a judge ordered him to stay
away, he didn't and he was
this time he was sent to a
psychiatric hospital for evaluation.
>> he's got some severe issues with obsession.
i don't think he has the ability
to feel compassion for other
he's clearly a brilliant
individual, he's also a
brilliantly airy individual.
>> while baker was hospitalized,
lottie packed up and moved to
the house in cobb county where carmen and nick lived
>> in october on friday the
13th, waseen baker was released
from the hospital.
less than two weeks later,
carmen smith was dead.
now lottie spencer was
overwhelmed with guilt and
anger. >> he's a monster.
>> and that's what lottie told
police, he said he
police, she aid he police, she saidhe police, she said he police, she said he must be police, she said he must be the
>> lottie thought she knew the
answer, a phone call that baker
made to carmen 's phone a few
days before the murder.
>> it was friday the 20th.
and the calls started coming in,
the phone got put off the hook
and then i could her hear phone ringing.
>> carmen answered and then hung
up abruptly. what was said?
but carmen told her sister and
brother-in-law that he was after
>> we had talked about her
packing some stuff and coming to
stay with us for a while.
>> lottie says seeing carmen 's
reaction to baker's call was
heart breaking and she did what
she could to help her neighbor
>> from the entryway, from the
sliding glass door, we just
barricaded the door with some
she was so scared.
she was shaking and she was so
>> just three days later, that
glass door was open and smeared
and waseem baker was the lead
suspect in a horrible crime.