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You would need to contact local children and family services. Also, you can file for custody. If the mother does not agree then the court will hold a hearing to determine what is in the best interests of your granddaughter.
Your granddaughter is at an age where the court will give some weight to her preference.
Family court litigation can get complex and it is strongly recommended that you retain local counsel before taking any action.
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By the way, your petition would be based on abandonment by the mother.
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