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  • A teenager who was abandoned on the streets of Queens 14 years ago after her mother was murdered may be on the path to a happier ending.

  • A key New York charity, New Yorkers for Children, is considering Valery for a college scholarship one day after seeing her story on News 4

  • WNBCs Melissa Russo was tapped by city officials to help solve the mystery of her identity by interviewing the child on TV in 2005

A teenager who was abandoned on the streets of Queens 14 years ago after her mother was murdered may be on the path to a happier ending.

A key New York charity, New Yorkers for Children, is considering Valery for a college scholarship one day after seeing her story on News 4 New York.

Theyve also set up a fund in Valerys name, where the public can contribute to Valerys education.

Valery, who is 18 and is entering her senior year in high school, has been living in Bolivia with her maternal grandmother. Her stepfather confessed to murdering her mother, Monica Rivadiniera Lozada in Queens in 2005.

NY Charity May Help Abandoned Queens Girl With College

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The once soft-spoken 4-year-old captured the hearts of New Yorkers as officials struggled to identify her.

WNBCs Melissa Russo was tapped by city officials to help solve the mystery of her identity by interviewing the child on TV.

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“What is your mommys name?” Russo asked from the floor of the Little Flower foster care agency in Jamaica, Queens.

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“Monica” Valery whispered.

“Can you tell us what your mommy looks like sweetie?” Russo nudged.

“She looks like a princess,” Valery says with a smile and a collective "awww" is heard in the background, as everyone nervously wonRead More – Source