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California high court won't halt ruling in Choctaw girl case

Rusty Page holds part-Choktaw foster child Lexi before giving her to child protective services. Rusty and his wife Summer are in a legal dispute involving the Indian Child Welfare Act.
Rusty Page holds part-Choktaw foster child Lexi before giving her to child protective services. Rusty and his wife Summer are in a legal dispute involving the Indian Child Welfare Act.
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California's Supreme Court has refused to block a lower court ruling while appeals are heard in the case of 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 state's high court issued the ruling 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.

However, a court found that the Pages had not proven Lexi would suffer emotional harm by the transfer.

The Pages' lawyer, Lori Alvino McGill, says the high court is still considering her appeal to return Lexi to the Santa Clarita home, where she lived since age 2.