Sky Metalwala's father to regain custody of daughter

Sky Metalwala's father to regain custody of daughter

New photos of Sky Metalwala and Solomon Metalwala, released by Bellevue Police on November 18, 2011.

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on December 6, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 6 at 2:24 PM

A King County judge has lifted a restraining order that will allow Solomon Metalwala custody of his 4-year-old daughter, Maile.

Maile is the older sister of 2-year-old Sky Metalwala, who has been missing for one month.

Metalwala must first meet with Child Protective Services before Maile can go home with her father.

Metalwala petition in court Monday for custody of his daughter, citing Sky's disappearance.

The state had placed Maile in the care of the state Department of Social and Health Services after her mother, Julia Biryukova, reported Sky missing on November 6. Biryukova said she had left him alone in a car to walk to a gas station.

Metalwala and Biryukova have been fighting for custody of their children during a year-long divorce battle. At the time when Sky disappeared, Biryukova had custody of Sky and his sister.

Metalwala's attorney will ask a judge Monday or Tuesday to drop the existing restraining order, clearing the way for Maile to be home for Christmas.

Bellevue police say they have conducted an intensive investigation and search for Sky. Last weekend, searchers went through a Kirkland neighborhood handing out fliers.

Bellevue police have more searches planned. In the next few days a website will be launching to encourage people to leave any tips or information as well.

 

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