SEATTLE -- The mother of missing Bellevue toddler Sky Metalwala did not show up Friday morning for a custody hearing regarding her older daughter.
A representative for Julia Biryukova's lawyer was present in court, but the juvenile dependency hearing involving Biryukova, Solomon Metalwala and 5-year-old Mailie was continued for March 30
Biryukova and Solomon Metalwala have been in the middle of a divorce and custody dispute since 2010. Friday's hearing was to finalize a custody arrangement that would place Mailie in Solomon's custody.
"Bottom line, she is not signing the parenting paperwork," said Clay Terry, Solomon Metawala's attorney.
In addition to custody, Metalwala does not want Biryukova to be allowed visits with Maile. He said Julia's presence would have influence on the 5-year old.
"She is a very smart little girl. She has seen a lot, and everything she does say, it goes right to the Bellevue Police Department," said Metalwala.
"This child is a witness and until she is no longer a witness, our concern is she should not have any outside influence. And the only other witness in this case is Julia. We don't want the two of them together," said Terry.
Two-year-old Sky went missing the morning of November 6, 2011. Biryukova told police she left Sky in his car seat that morning after her car malfunctioned and she went to seek help. After test drives, police later determined there was nothing wrong with the vehicle.
Terry said he does not know of Biryukova's whereabouts currently, however, he said police told him this week they know where she is.