KALI SOLEIL ATHUKORALA – MISSING April 13, 2009 – USMCC000282LTWH – UPDATED 07.03.2013

KALI SOLEIL ATHUKORALA

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Kali Soleil Athukorala

Kali Soleil Athukorala

Kali Soleil Athukorala

Kali Soleil Athukorala

Kali Soleil Athukorala

Date of Birth: August 25, 2007

Biracial (White/Asian) Female

Height: 1’6”     Weight: 26 lbs

Hair: Black     Eyes: Brown

Missing: April 13, 2009     From: Belchertown, MA

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Kali’s mother, Sandra Clarissa Zemialkowski, took her to the Dominican Republic in December 2007.  She told Kali’s father, Dhanika Athukorala, that is was a two-month visit to relatives, and Dhanika consented to this.  Zemialkowski failed to return with Kali in February 2008, however, and Dhanika sought a court order to compel her to give Kali back.

Kali Soleil Athukorala and Dhanika Athukorala

Kali Soleil Athukorala and Dhanika Athukorala

After some negotiation, the parents agreed that Sandra was to set up a webcam so Dhanika could keep in touch with Kali, and she was to bring Kali to the United States for a one-week visit every three months.  In addition, Dhanika would be permitted to travel to the Dominican Republic to see his daughter whenever he would like.  Sandra didn’t abide by the agreement, however, and obstructed Dhanika’s access to Kali.  He was only allowed to see Kali a few times, and never for overnight, which was contrary to what Sandra had promised.  Her attorney in Massachusetts told the family court judge she had no intention of coming to court or taking Kali to see her father.  The judge then granted custody of Kali to Dhanika, and ordered Sandra to return her by April 13, 2009.  Sandra never did and Dhanika hasn’t seen or had contact with his daughter since the custody ruling.

Sandra, Clara Violeta and Walter Zemialkowski

Sandra, Clara Violeta and Walter Zemialkowski

Sandra and Kali are believed to be living with Sandra’s parents, Walter R. Zemialkowski and Clara Violeta Zemialkowski, in the Dominican capital city of Santo Domingo.  Both Walter and Clara are United Stated citizens, like their daughter.  Sandra is apparently working as a Veterinarian  at the Pet Land Veterinary Hospital in Santo Domingo.  Dhanika is trying to arrange for Kali’s return to the United States under the terms of the international civil treaty: The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.  Kali’s disappearance remains unsolved, although her whereabouts are know, she is still classified as missing because she is not with her custodial father.

Kali`s father has created a website dedicated to the hopeful return of his daughter.  Please click the link below to see the site.

http://www.bringkalihome.net/

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Sandra Zemialkowski

Sandra Zemialkowski

Sandra Zemiakowski

Sandra Zemialkowski

Sandra Zemialkowski

Date of Birth: February 1, 1971

Hair: Brown            Eyes: Brown

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Kali Soleil Athukorala

Kali Soleil Athukorala

If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Kali Soleil Athukorala, please immediately contact the Belchertown Police Department at:

1-413-323-6685

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The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children at:

1-800-843-5678

USMCC000282LTWH

Parental Child Abduction is Child Abuse 04

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~ by LTWH on December 23, 2011.

3 Responses to “KALI SOLEIL ATHUKORALA – MISSING April 13, 2009 – USMCC000282LTWH – UPDATED 07.03.2013”

  1. Sorry but this opinion is very common throughout the world. “The father is whomever the marriage certificate says”,therefore if a woman doesn’t have a husband,technically her children don’t have an acknowledged father in the eyes of the law and the mother has free reign to do as she pleases. Obtain a passport for her child, move abroad,or deny any access not conducted on her terms and courts will readily support her against her ex lover. But there is no chance the same courts will assist the father in the same way against the mother.

  2. This isn’t unsual at all actually and international visitation agreements are practically unenforceable without mutual agree. For example, my children were born and raised for the early years outside of their mother’s native United States, but when they were 5 and 7 I let her have Full Custody and move the children permanently to the United States, provided she return the children abroad for visitation every three 3-4 months for at least a period of 2 weeks(usually they stayed a month or 6 weeks though). In between visits I had to be allowed to speak to the children at least 2 evenings per week by phone,have hastily arranged access whenever I was in the United States, and she had to ensure that they remained bilingual even through the use of private tutors, so that they did not lose any of their heritage. There was no animosity.She was a very good mother regardless of my personal feelings,the primary caregiver, and the children were doing well so I allow her to have the final say and decisions, as long as I was included in the discussion process and informed about her decisions. This worked very well until she died 3 years after the move to the United States.Her family was Hellbent in illegally retaining my bilingual dual citizen children in the United States out of spite,prejudices, and economic benefits. Though it was not at all in my children’s best interests to be suddenly uprooted and returned overseas,the situation was unavoidable, because the maternal was trying to make them orphans,by denying me all contact. After nearly 3 years,many arrests,and a Gestapo style raid my children left the United States kicking and screaming,dragged by me their father who was viewed as a villain. These things traumatized my children deeply and even as adults they continue to suffer psychological harm,so much so that I would give anything to have moved to the United States, so that my children could have maintained a stable environment, which is very crucial to development. This child in question will only benefit if her father and mother can work together in her best interests, but her best interests are not served by tearing her away from her mother and maternal grandparents and only country she has even known. Most countries rightfully feel that a child needs only ONE home,bed to sleep in at night, and lots of love. This child’s home and bed are in Santo Domingo. Her father’s love needs to adapt to that.

    • From what I understand,the father in this case,was willing to allow to his child to remain primarily in the Dominican Republic, because since her mother is a Dominican Citizen,the little girl has dual citizenship and every right to reside in the Caribbean. The father is complaining that an access agreement was not upheld as promised,so that he cannot see his child at all,even if he travels to the Dominican Republic. I seriously doubt that he spitefully wants to rob his daughter of her mother and emotional health. As you stated and I have personally experienced, courts the world over(although not usually the United States) strongly believe that a child only has a single home determined not only by citizenship but also by where the child is well settled and thriving at,which is usually the place the child has been the longest. This now 8 year old child has been in the Dominican Republic since infancy, so it is not even necessary to guess,where courts feel her best interests are being served. To illustrate that just being a father rather than a mother does not have any bearings are where a child is placed,in my own case neither myself or my ex wife were given possession of our children, rather they were formally placed by court order of the country I am citizen of,to remain in a country neither of us have citizenship of,under the Sole Custody including the exclusive possession of all identifying documents of a 3rd party. Reason being? By the time our case was heard,our children at very tender ages,had already been in that country for 2 years the first time the case was heard and nearly 5 years when the initial custody decision was reaffirmed. The courts were not interested that they were denying children parents. They only cared that children could keep consistently the sameq domestic culture,routine,and associations. All of these factors are what are involved in determination of Hague Treaty cases,not gender. The father’s best bet would be to drop all custody litigations in the United States,acknowledge D.R. has rightful jurisdiction,and attempt get an access order through the Dominican courts so that they will be obliged to uphold it. That is what my children’s mother & I did. A country must honor a domestic decree.

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