Custody battle over girl 1/64th Native American

Mar 22, 2016 9:59 PM by Debbie Cobb

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SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) - The foster family of a 6-year-old Native American girl is asking the California Supreme Court to return the child to their home where she has lived for most of her life.

The girl named Lexi was removed Monday under a court order that concluded her slight Choctaw heritage requires that he be placed with relatives in Utah.

The family's lawyer, Lori Alvino McGill, says the request was made Tuesday for the state's high court to hear the appeal.

McGill also requested that custody be restored to foster parents Rusty and Summer Page while the appeal is decided.

Lexi is 1/64th Choctaw on her birth father's side. Her mother had substance abuse problems, and her father had a criminal history, according to court records.

The Pages had fought efforts under the federal Indian Child Welfare Act to place Lexi with relatives of her father, who is a Native American.


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