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3/30/2015 2:15 AM
By Associated Press

7-year-old plane crash survivor to live with half-sister

NASHVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois judge has granted legal guardianship of a 7-year-old girl who survived a Kentucky plane crash that killed four family members to her half-sister.

Sailor Gutzler survived when a plane crashed Jan. 2 killing her parents, Kim and Marty Gutzler, her 9-year-old sister Piper and their 14-year-old cousin Sierra Wilder.

A Washington County judge granted guardianship of Sailor to her half-sister Kasie Dlubala and her husband Daniel of Nashville, the Belleville News-Democrat reported (http://bit.ly/1NrtigLhttp://bit.ly/1NrtigL ).

Court Guardian Ad Litum Julie Kozuszek wrote in a report that Sailor was doing well in school and involved in extracurricular activities while living with the Dlubalas. The court appointed Kozuszek to represent Sailor during court proceedings.

"It was apparent that she is attached to them, and feels that they are taking good care of her," Kozuszek wrote. "There was nothing in my conversations with the family or my observations of the home that caused me concern."

Kozuszek wrote that Sailor expressed desire to live with the family. The ruling was made Jan. 30. The Dlubalas petitioned for legal guardianship.

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