- Associated Press - Saturday, April 9, 2016

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) - A slain doctor’s daughters remain for now in the custody of their maternal grandmother.

During an emergency Department of Children and Families hearing Friday, a judge appointed the mother of slain Bonita Springs Dr. Teresa Sievers as temporary custodian of the girls, ages 9 and 11.

The girls’ father, Mark Sievers, has been jailed since February for allegedly orchestrating his wife’s June 2015 killing.

The grandmother’s attorney, Christina O’Brien, says her client moved from Connecticut to Estero to care for the children. The placement will be reviewed in May.

Defense attorney Mike Mummert says Mark Sievers wants his mother to care for his daughters while he’s incarcerated.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office says Mark Sievers, 48, planned for two Missouri men to kill his 40-year-old wife. Sievers has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder charges.

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