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Leonardo DiCaprio's father takes in 6-year-old granddaughter who was 'abducted' by parents

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  • Normandie Farrar, six, was claimed to have been 'abducted by a family member' and was located in Texas last Thursday
  • The girl is the daughter of Adam Farrar, Leonardo DiCaprio's older step-brother
  • Normandie has since been placed in the care of grandfather George DiCaprio, who lives in Los Angeles
  • Farrar and girlfriend Charity Moore were said to have been living in Texas out of the reach of LA County Department of Children and Family Service

By Ashley Collman and Hugo Daniel

PUBLISHED: 21:08 EST, 3 February 2014 | UPDATED: 21:09 EST, 3 February 2014

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Leonardo DiCaprio's niece who was 'abducted' by her criminal parents is now in the care of her grandfather, the actor's father George DiCaprio, after being found in Texas last Thursday.

Six-year-old Normandie Farrar is the daughter of DiCaprio's older step-brother Adam Farrar, 43, who was arrested on January 24 in Collin County, Texas on drug charges. Farrar's girlfriend Charity Moore, 38, was arrested just a week before on similar charges.

Because of their criminal histories, daughter Normandie was a dependent of the court in California and should not have been taken outside the state by her parents when they moved to Texas this summer.

Following his arrest, the Los Angeles Police Department accused Farrar of 'concealing' Normandie out of state.

Family outing: Leonardo DiCaprio's 6-year-old niece Normandie Farrar (center) is currently living with her grandfather George DiCaprio (right) in Los Angeles after being 'adbucted' by her parents to Texas

Family outing: Leonardo DiCaprio's 6-year-old niece Normandie Farrar (center) is currently living with her grandfather George DiCaprio (right) in Los Angeles after being 'adbucted' by her parents to Texas

Carefree: The 6-year-old seemed happy while out running errands with her grandparents on Saturday. Her grandfather George DiCaprio (right) is the father of Leonardo DiCpario
Carefree: The 6-year-old seemed happy while out running errands with her grandparents on Saturday. Her grandfather George DiCaprio (right) is the father of Leonardo DiCpario

Carefree: The 6-year-old seemed happy while out running errands with her grandparents on Saturday. Her grandfather George DiCaprio (right) is the father of Leonardo DiCpario

Role model: Leonardo DiCaprio, pictured here in 1997 with Farrar, was inspired to go into acting after seeing his step-brother build a career in film and TV

Role model: Leonardo DiCaprio, pictured here in 1997 with Farrar, was inspired to go into acting after seeing his step-brother build a career in film and TV

The girl was found on January 30 and taken back to California to live with her grandfather George DiCaprio at his home in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, according to RadarOnline.

Photographers snapped the seemingly-happy 6-year-old out with her grandparents running errands in Los Angeles on Saturday.

DiCaprio, currently up for an Academy Award for his role in the Wolf of Wall Street, grew up with Farrar after his dad married Farrar's mother Peggy when he was young.Dicaprio's mother Iremlin DiCpario divorced George when her son was still a baby.

DiCaprio and Farrar used to be close and the pair were seen attending Los Angeles Lakers games together and hitting the Hollywood party scene – although in recent years it’s thought their relationship has turned sour. 

Sources told RadarOnline that Farrar and his Oscar nominee step-brother 'have had zero contact in recent years and do not get along.'

Taken: Authorities in LA accused Normandie's father Adam Farrar (right) of concealing her in Texas. She was a dependent of the court in California
Taken: Authorities in LA accused Normandie's father Adam Farrar (right) of concealing her in Texas. She was a dependent of the court in California

Taken: Authorities in LA accused Normandie's father Adam Farrar (right) of concealing her in Texas. She was a dependent of the court in California

It is widely reported that DiCaprio was inspired to go into acting after he saw his step-brother carve a career for himself in commercials, movies and TV in the 1980s.

Farrar is best known for his roles in the science fiction series Battlestar Galactica and the ABC comedy-drama Eight is Enough.

Farrar was detained in Collin County on January 24 on 'two Class A Misdemeanors...for possession of a dangerous drug and theft'.

According to the website, both charges were outstanding warrants issued in Los Angeles. He was also reportedly charged with phone harassment.

If convicted, the 43-year-old faces a lengthy prison sentence.

In an interview with MailOnline yesterday, Rachell Costin, a younger sister of Charity, had said the family knew where the girl was, but refused to reveal her whereabouts.

Asked if the Normandie was with a relative, Rachell, 28, from Garland, Texas, said: 'I can't tell anyone that information, I wish I could, but I definitely want to let you know she is safe, so that way you don't report maybe she's still missing and report wrong information.

Have you seen this child? Authorities were searching for missing Normadie Farrar, pictured

Have you seen this child? Authorities were searching for missing Normadie Farrar, pictured

Rachell, who has an eight-month-old son herself, claimed her sister was a good mom.

She said: 'Charity loves her daughter so much. I can tell you that, I can tell you that Charity does love her daughter a lot and she definitely would never want her to be in an unsafe place or anything. I'm sure she does (know Normandie is in a safe place), I haven't talked to her though about that.'

Asked about the drug allegations against her sister, Rachell said: 'I know nothing about Charity and her alleged drug use, I know nothing about that.

'I don't want to even comment on the drug use, I've just known her to be the same Charity my whole life, I don't want to say whether yes or no. She really loves, her daughter, She's a good mum to her daughter.'

She added that as far as she was aware Normandie was not subject to a missing person search.

Rachell said: 'As far as I know, police here are not and police in LA shouldn't be either. I guess when they first got arrested maybe they were then, but I can let you know now she's safe. It's nobody else's business about what's going on with her.'

Trouble with the law: Farrar's girlfriend Charity Moore was also arrested nearly a week before him on a number of charges. Both were said to have been hiding out in Texas beyond the reach of LA social workers

Trouble with the law: Farrar's girlfriend Charity Moore was also arrested nearly a week before him on a number of charges. Both were said to have been hiding out in Texas beyond the reach of LA social workers

Lengthy: Her charges include two counts of possession of a dangerous drug, theft and a misdemeanor involving a parent contributing to the child's failure to attend school'

Lengthy: Her charges include two counts of possession of a dangerous drug, theft and a misdemeanor involving a parent contributing to the child's failure to attend school'

Back in the day: DiCaprio and his brother used to be close, pictured attending a basketball game together in LA in 2010

Back in the day: DiCaprio and his brother used to be close, pictured attending a basketball game together in LA in 2010

Since 2010, Farrar has been in and out of courts on charges of harassment, possession of controlled substances, driving without a license and domestic violence. 

In 2000, as DiCaprio was riding the success of his blockbuster Titanic, Farrar was arrested on charges that he attempted to kill his then-girlfriend and made terroristic threats.

At the time, Peggy DiCaprio said of her troubled son: 'Adam is one of the most nonviolent people I know,’ according to New York Daily News.

Farrar was released within 48 hours of his March 2000 arrest, and the charges against him were eventually dropped.

People Magazine reported that two years earlier, the struggling actor landed in trouble with the law after allegedly assaulting a photographer who was pursuing his superstar sibling. Charges were never filed in that case.

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