January 14, 2005 08:00 AM

Courtney Love’s 12-year-old daughter, Frances Bean, has been returned to her mother’s custody thanks to a ruling Monday by a California judge, says the singer’s manager, Adam Schneider.

The troubled rocker lost custody of the child, whose father was the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, on Oct. 10, 2003, when Los Angeles county officials removed Frances from Love’s care after the former Hole singer was arrested for an attempted break-in at her ex-boyfriend’s home, overdosed on painkillers and made a suicide threat.

Love’s former mother-in-law, Wendy O’Connor, was named the child’s guardian.

“Life is about choices,” Love, 40, said in a prepared statement this week, “and I’ve chosen to move forward with my life in a healthy and positive way. Having my daughter back with me is exciting.”

Professionally, Love said in her statement: “I am looking forward to the future in continuing to entertain and create great music. I really appreciate the encouragement and support I’ve received from my fans and the community. ”

Love’s attorney Howard Weitzman said: “Frances has been returned to (Love) after a judge indicated satisfaction in Ms. Love’s efforts to turn around her life and found it was in the best interests of mother and daughter to be reunited.”

Still, Love’s numerous legal woes are far from over. These include one count of assault with a deadly weapon (allegedly a liquor bottle tossed at a woman in the L.A. house of Love’s former boyfriend) and two counts of illegal possession of prescription painkillers.

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