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Little Carmina Salcido, whose father allegedly slashed her throat as part of a shocking April 14 wine country murder rampage, was discharged from a hospital. About the same time the 3-year-old was waving goodby to doctors, nurses and staff at Petaluma Valley Hospital, she was the subject of a closed custody hearing in Santa Rosa. Both Superior Court Judge Arnold Rosenfield and Nick Velichinsky of the Sonoma County Social Services Department refused to comment on the outcome of the hearing, but it appeared that Carmina will be placed in the custody of her maternal grandfather Bob Richards, whose wife and three daughters, including Carmina's mother, were killed. "She's in very good spirits," hospital spokeswoman Mary Frost said of the girl, who survived a brutal attack that left her two small sisters dead. "The doctors are really happy with her progress."

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