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June 9, 2000 | From Associated Press
A 4-year-old girl at the center of a custody battle involving her Italian father--who is also charged with kidnapping her--has been ordered turned over to the father's brother. Santina Ventre has been living in Southern California with her maternal grandparents since they were awarded custody by a court in Italy seven months ago.
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June 9, 2000 | From Associated Press
A 4-year-old girl at the center of a custody battle involving her Italian father--who is also charged with kidnapping her--has been ordered turned over to the father's brother. Santina Ventre has been living in Southern California with her maternal grandparents since they were awarded custody by a court in Italy seven months ago.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2000
Carlo Alberto Ventre, accused of spiriting his 2-year-old daughter from Southern California to his home in Italy, was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on a charge of international parental kidnapping. The indictment charges that Ventre obstructed the parental rights of the girl's mother, Toni Dykstra, who died mysteriously when she went to Rome to retrieve their child, Santina. Ventre, 51, says that Dykstra attacked him with an ax, forcing him to kill her in self-defense.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1999
The future of 4-year-old Santina Ventre, whose mother died mysteriously in Rome, remained undecided Friday after a Los Angeles Family Court commissioner postponed her custody hearing. The judge said he would wait until January to give the girl's father, Carlo Ventre, a chance to speak. Ventre has been in jail since he arrived in the United States from Italy on Sunday to seek custody of Santina. He faces charges of abducting her to Italy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2000
An Italian man accused of kidnapping his daughter and taking her from Los Angeles to Italy was jailed and ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after family members and court officials questioned his mental stability. The case has drawn much attention because the child's mother was found dead in the man's apartment under mysterious circumstances after she tried to retrieve the girl.
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January 11, 2000
A man accused of abducting his daughter from Southern California and taking her to Rome pleaded not guilty in federal court Monday to a charge of kidnapping his child across international borders. Carlo Alberto Ventre, 51, will go on trial Feb. 29 on a charge of international parental kidnapping in the alleged abduction of Santina Ventre, now 4 years old. If convicted, he could face three years in prison. Attorneys for both sides refused to comment on the arraignment.
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November 14, 1999 | INDRANEEL SUR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 3-year-old daughter of a San Pedro woman killed by her ex-boyfriend in Italy last year returned to California for a reunion with her grandparents Saturday, after an Italian court ruled that her custody battle should should be decided by authorities in Los Angeles, not Rome. Santina Ventre, who spent nearly a year and a half in Italian foster care, will be in the temporary custody of her grandparents, Milton and Betty Dykstra, following Tuesday's decision by an Italian court.
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May 21, 1999 | JULIE HA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Everything you hear about that special bond between twins--that was Toni and Teri. The sisters from San Pedro used to finish each other's sentences or give the same reply simultaneously. As adults, they would discover that they had bought the same item of clothing or piece of crystal. They married brothers (Toni later divorced). They went through one of their pregnancies together. But when Teri Martinez turned 30 earlier this month, she did so alone.
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December 22, 1999 | MIKE DOWNEY
One night a year or so ago, I was having dinner with the attorney Gloria Allred, who usually has more high-profile cases on her plate simultaneously than any L.A. lawyer since Perry Mason. Just off a plane from Rome, even the indefatigable Allred for once sounded exhausted. "What were you doing in Italy?" I asked. The waiter overheard and began bubbling like Roberto Benigni, saying, "You were in Italy? What wonderful things did you get to see?"
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September 25, 2001 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man who pleaded guilty to kidnapping his 4-year-old daughter in Los Angeles and spiriting her away to Rome was sentenced to nearly a year in federal prison Monday, but not before angering the judge by insisting his action was justifiable. Carlo Ventre, 53, told the court he abducted his daughter, Santina, to "escape from a pattern of domestic violence." He offered no details. U.S. District Judge Stephen V.
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July 25, 2005 | Caitlin Liu, Times Staff Writer
After a seven-year campaign, Milton Dykstra believed he had won a measure of justice for the violent death of his daughter Toni in an ugly custody dispute. Last week, Carlo Ventre, the father of Toni Dykstra's daughter Santina, was deported to his native Italy to face murder charges for the mother's killing. Toni Dykstra, 29, had gone to Italy in 1998 to bring back Santina, who Ventre, ignoring a court order, had taken out of the U.S. She died in Ventre's Rome apartment.
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