Once your daughter died, those custody papers became invalid. Thus, you would have to make an attempt under the grandparent's rights law to seek custody, but the issue is going to be the fact you have to file it in PA and would need an attorney there. If there is that bad of neglect of the child, your attorney will likely get child protection
involved and use that process to get a family placement. But PLEASE do not contact child protection without getting a family law
attorney in PA and getting the process started because they will file in court for custody and for emergency orders of custody based on neglect and you would use the friend as a witness. The only possible hang up here is your living in another state, but the attorney can work around that as well, but it is going to take some money and patience to do this because ultimately child protection may end up involved and this means a home study for you to make sure your home is suitable and that can take some time.
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