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Missing teenager FOUND and put into foster care

PUBLISHED: 17:40 25 February 2009 | UPDATED: 16:13 25 August 2010

MISSING: Sonja Guaranda in

MISSING: Sonja Guaranda in

A TEENAGE girl who has been missing for more than a month has been found by police and put in foster care.

A TEENAGE girl who has been missing for more than a month has been found by police and put in foster care.

Sonja Lawton, 14, who has been missing from her home in Belvedere since January 15 was found by officers on Monday at approximately 6.30pm in Bishopsgate near London Bridge.

Her heartbroken mother Lidia Guaranda, 42, said she said she believes her eldest child was trying to make her way home before police found her.

Mrs Guaranda, who had not been able to speak to her daughter at the time of going to press, said: "It is very sad. I want to see her and talk to her but I hope now she is going to get the help she needs.

"It has been very difficult as we all miss her."

The mother-of-three last week handed exclusively to the Times a picture of her beloved daughter in a hospital bed after a drinking binge in the middle of the afternoon.

Mrs Guaranda released the photograph during her two-year battle with Bexley council's Social Services to get the family allocated a social worker.

She said: "If the situation hadn't been allowed to get to this point she wouldn't need to stay with foster parents.

"A social services worker told me she is going to stay with the foster parents for a couple of days and move somewhere else.

"I just don't know what I am supposed to do. The good thing is that she is alive but that doesn't make it right that she needs to get to this point to get the help she needs.

"I want my daughter home. I want her to be the way she was.

"I think it will be at least two months before she comes home.

"She is all confused and angry. I just want her home but I have to wait. It will take some time as there is so much damage done."

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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