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    Missing girl's caretaker is freed on bail

    ©Associated Press
    October 22, 2002

    MIAMI -- One of Rilya Wilson's former caretakers has been released from jail but remains under house arrest, Miami-Dade County Jail officials said Monday.

    Pamela Graham was released over the weekend after posting $140,000 bail Oct. 15. Her release was delayed because she didn't have a working home telephone line to be used with an ankle monitor, jail spokeswoman Janelle Hall said.

    Pamela Graham and Geralyn Graham, who claim to be sisters, were caretakers for Rilya before her disappearance in January 2001.

    The women were charged Oct. 2 with fleecing the state out of public assistance, including aid paid after Rilya disappeared. Geralyn Graham remains in jail.

    Rilya, who was 6 on Sept. 29, was born to a cocaine addict. She was taken into state custody and placed in the Graham home.

    Geralyn Graham says Rilya was taken in January 2001 by a woman who identified herself as a child protection worker. The Department of Children and Families denies sending anyone but didn't realize the girl was missing until April.

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