Missing boy's Ukrainian relatives point finger at father

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by CHRIS DANIELS / KING 5 News

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Posted on November 22, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 22 at 6:41 PM

SEATTLE – Sky Metalwala’s extended family members in the Ukraine said they have no idea what happened to the young boy.

Julia Biryukova, Sky's mother, has Ukrainian roots, and asked a judge, prior to her son’s disappearance, for permission to take Sky and his sister to the country. Acting on a tip, KING 5 News called the home of Sky’s maternal grandfather in the Eastern European country.

With the help of a translator, a woman who answered the phone denied any knowledge relating to the boy’s disappearance.

Through a translator, the woman identified herself as the great grandmother, or grandmother of Sky Metalwala. She said she believes Sky’s father, Solomon Metalwala, is somehow responsible in the case. It’s the most any Biryukova family has said since 2-year-old Sky disappeared from his carseat in Bellevue on November 6. Court documents have had to speak for Julia since then.

Recently uncovered court documents from Julia’s custody battle with her now ex-husband, Solomon, paint the 30-year-old mother as suicidal in the months before Sky’s disappearance. The papers show Julia was involuntarily committed to a West Seattle mental health center last year after her husband claimed she had dreams about killing her children.  Those same records claim testing showed her mental function was on the low end of the scale, and a nurse claimed Julia admitted “spending eight hours a day cleaning” and of “complaining of suicide” for attention.

Two Eastside women are also mentioned numerous times in the court documents for aid they provided to Julia in the months before Sky’s disappearance. One woman, who now lives near Renton, has been questioned by police in Sky’s case. The other declined to comment when contacted by phone and at home.

Solomon Metalwala has given numerous interviews since his son disappeared, and has also denied any involvement.

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