LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's highest court has refused to block a lower court ruling and intervene in the appeal involving a 6-year-old girl with Native American ancestry who was removed from her Los Angeles-area foster home and placed with relatives in Utah.
The California Supreme Court issued its order Wednesday without explanation.
The foster parents, Rusty and Summer Page, are fighting the decision under the federal Indian Child Welfare Act to place Lexi with relatives of her father, who is part Choctaw.
A lower court found the Pages had not proven Lexi would suffer emotional harm by the transfer.
The Pages' lawyer, Lori Alvino McGill, says the appeal to return Lexi to the Santa Clarita home, where she lived since age 2, is still before the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles.
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