In 2007, Alicia Sponholtz's 2-week-old girl died of a congenital heart defect. Months later, she heard that a troubled friend of the family had given birth to a girl with drugs swirling in her tiny body and could not care for the child. Now Liliana, 2, and Sponholtz, 26, share an apartment in Lowell. "I guess it was meant to be," she
said, "what God wanted."
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