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Blake's adult daughter to care for toddler

Delinah Blake, daughter of actor Robert Blake, leaves court Thursday.  

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- The toddler daughter of actor Robert Blake will remain in the custody of her adult half-sister while Blake faces murder charges, a judge ruled Thursday.

Delinah Blake, 35, will have custody of Rose Blake, almost 2, until at least July 25, when another hearing will be held on the matter. Their father is charged with murder in the May 2001 killing of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley -- the child's mother.

Cary Goldstein, the lawyer for Bakley's family, told CNN's "Larry King Live" last week that "we don't have any problems with Delinah raising the child" as long as Blake was in jail.

After Thursday's hearing, however, he said the family would look closely at her guardianship of the child.

"At this point we don't know of any problems in that household, but there's going to be a study conducted of the household that Rose is being raised in and there will be a background study on Delinah," he said.

Terry McNiff, Delinah Blake's attorney, said his client was happy with the court ruling.

But he added: "We're concerned that the Bakley family -- all of them, through their attorney Mr. Goldstein -- has tried to insinuate themselves into this baby's life and change everything with respect to the baby."

Bakley, 44, was fatally shot in the head while sitting in a car outside a restaurant last year. Blake, 68, has been charged with four criminal counts: first-degree murder, two counts of solicitation of murder and one count of conspiring with his bodyguard, Earle Caldwell.

Rose Blake was born June 2, 2000. According to court papers filed last week, Blake met with a private investigator in late 1999 and told him he had gotten Bakley pregnant and that she would not accept money to go away.

Blake has pleaded not guilty to the charges, as has Caldwell, who was charged with conspiracy. Caldwell is free on a $1 million bond posted by Blake, but the actor remains behind bars.




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