Four-month-old Kali's mother Sandra Clarissa Zemialkowski, took her to the Dominican Republic in December of 2007.
They were never married and according to Massachusetts law, Sandra told Kali's father, Dhanika Athukorala that it was a two-month visit to relatives and that he consented to this. However, Sandra failed to return with Kali in February of 2008 and Dhanika sought a court order to compel her to give Kali back.
After some negotiation, the parents agreed that Sandra was to set up a webcam so Dhanika could keep in touch with Kali and she was to bring her to the United States for a visit one week every three months. In addition, Dhanika would be permitted to travel to the Dominican Republic to see Kali whenever he liked.
But Sandra didn't abide by their agreement and obstructed Dhanika's access to Kali. He was only allowed to see her a few times and never for overnight (which was contrary to what Sandra had promised).
Sandra's attorney in Massachusetts told the family court judge that Sandra had no intention of coming to court or taking Kali to see her dad. The judge granted Dhanika custody of Kali and ordered Sandra to return her by April 13, 2009, but Sandra never did and Kali has not been seen by her father since.
Kali and Sandra are believed to be living with Sandra's parents Walter R. Zemialkowski and Clara Violeta Zemialkowski in the Dominican capital city of Santo Domingo.
Like Sandra, Walter and Clara are both United States citizens. Sandra is apparently working as a veternarian at the Pet Land Veterinary Hospital in Santo Domingo.
Dhanika tried to have Kali returned to the United States under the terms of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (which is a international civil treaty that the Dominican Republic signed in 2007), but the Dominican Republic refuses to take action, saying that Sandra was within her rights when she moved there with Kali and because he & Sandra were never married, Dhanika has no say to where Kali lives.
Kali's disappearance remains unsolved. She is classified as missing because she's not with her custodial father.
Kali is described as biracial (of Asian\Caucasian descent; she is of Polish and Sri Lankan descent) with a height of 1'6, weighing 26 pounds with black hair & brown eyes. She has scars on her legs. Her last name is pronounced "ah-thu-KOR-ala."