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I was asked by my niece to take care of her daughter, who is 6 years old, for an undetermined amount of time. I picked her up in Kentucky and brought her to live with me. My niece lives in Illinois, has been trying to go to college, but never seems to finish. She is constantly in abusive relationships and her daughter has seen this. Her daughter has lived with me, in New York, since August, 2012. I have been trying to get legal guardianship, but now the father has said he wants her. He has only been in her life here and there for about 6 months out of the 6 years. He is a convicted criminal and has never paid court ordered child support for six years. I know that this child will not have a good life with him or my neice. What legal actions do I have?
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