Abandoned NYC girl to be reunited

Oct. 8, 2005 at 4:39 PM
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NEW YORK, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- The mother of a slain New York City woman whose 4-year-old daughter was left on the street without shoes, hopes to be reunited with her granddaughter.

Roxanna Rivadineira, has secured a visa from her native Bolivia and hopes to be reunited with her 4-year-old granddaughter, Valery Saavedra, relatives told the New York Daily News.

"She got the visa, thank God," said Jaime Rios Rivadineira, the victim's brother. "Now she can finally go take care of my little niece."

Twenty-six-year-old Monica Lozada-Rivadineira was killed nearly two weeks ago, allegedly by a boyfriend. The girl said the boyfriend left her on the street.

Saavedra has been cared for by foster parents and a N.Y. court will decide custody. The victim's brother said both grandmothers are amenable to sharing custody of the girl.

The girl's father, Juan Carlos Saavedra, is in jail in Bolivia on drug charges. Her mother's boyfriend, César Ascarrunz, has been charged with murder.

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