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Custody battle over child of missing Columbia woman

Grandparents are in a custody battle over the child of Joseph and Mengqi Ji Elledge.

The child’s mother has been missing since Oct. 8. The father is in jail on felony child abuse charges, and court documents say he waited more than a day to report Mengqi Ji missing.

Joseph Elledge’s mother, Jean, asked for custody of the little girl. An attorney for the mother’s parents, Ke Ren and Xiaolin Ji, says they’ve been kept out of the loop on who gets to watch the child. They live in China.

There was a hearing in the case in Columbia on Monday.

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