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Alice Mayer of Park Rapid laughs with her granddaughter, Leah Johnson, in this undated photo. Special to The Forum.

Grandparents at odds over custody of 4-year-old orphan

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In her young life, 4-year-old Leah Ashley Johnson has experienced many losses.

Her father, Eric Johnson, died Oct. 31 in a car crash near Wyndmere, N.D.


Her mother, Heather Johnson, died in a car crash in Rhode Island in November 2005.

At the time of her mother's death, Leah Johnson's parents were in the process of getting a divorce.

Now, the little girl is caught in the middle of another family rift.

The latest involves her grandparents.

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