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First of all, you should consider calling child protective services or DCF and report if you reasonably believe the child is being neglected or abused. You can also petition the court for temporary custody of the child and request that a Guardian ad Litem be appointed to investigate the issue and determine what is in the best interest of the child.
The Court will likely ask that your sister to series of things to try and rehabilitate herself and in the event she does not then at that point the situation would become more permanent and you can ask the court for her parental rights to be terminated.
I strongly recommend you hire a family or dependency/juvenile attorney to assist you with this process as it no easy task. Whether or not your requests will be granted is at the discretion of the judge based on the particular facts in your case.
May I ask what state you reside in? Does the child also reside there? I may be able to find other helpful information more specific to your jurisdiction.
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