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Mother of slain girl loses rights to two sons

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Noel Miller, whose 5-year-old daughter was abducted and killed in 2005, has lost her parental rights to her two younger sons, The Des Moines Register reported Friday in a copyright story.

Over Miller's objections, Floyd County Associate Juvenile Judge Gerald Magee permanently cut her legal ties to her sons, ages 3 and 2.

Miller, 23, of Charles City, will be allowed to have one final visit with her sons in the next few weeks.

"I'm not talking about it, sorry," Miller told the Register on Thursday.

The boys have been in foster care since shortly after their sister, Evelyn, disappeared from the family's apartment in Floyd on July 1, 2005.

Noel Miller was working at an overnight job and came home to find the front door partially open, and her boyfriend, Casey Frederiksen, and their two sons asleep.

The child's disappearance set off a massive search. Her body was found days later in the Cedar River. Her death was ruled a homicide and the investigation continues. No charges have been filed in her death.

Frederiksen has voluntarily signed away his rights to his sons.

The judge's order Tuesday made that official.

The judge found that the two boys had been removed from their parents' physical custody for longer than six months, and that the parents had not maintained significant and meaningful contact and had made no reasonable efforts to resume care of the children.

The boys are now eligible for adoption.

Last December, Miller was hospitalized for mental health problems.

Frederiksen is in federal prison for downloading child pornography on his computer.

A friend of Frederiksen's, Danny Slick, stopped by the Miller-Frederiksen apartment late on the night Evelyn disappeared. Slick and another friend were among the last people to see the girl alive.

Slick pleaded guilty to a charge of making a false statement to authorities who were investigating Evelyn's death. He is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 21 in U.S District Court in Sioux City.

Information from: The Des Moines Register,

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