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    http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-baby18.html


    'Baby Richard' doing fine -- 7th-grader has straight A's

    November 18, 2003

    BY ABDON M. PALLASCH Legal Affairs Reporter Advertisement


    The crying 4-year-old boy the world knew as "Baby Richard" eight years ago is
    now a smiling, 7th-grade, straight-A student at a Catholic school in the south
    suburbs, according to a new book.

    His real name is Danny and he bears no emotional scars from being abruptly
    taken from his adoptive parents, the Warburtons, and given to his birth
    parents, the Kirchners, said his psychologist, Karen Moriarty.

    Moriarty held a reception at the Pump Room Monday night to release her book,
    Baby Richard -- A four-year-old comes home. The book says Danny has turned out
    fine. It takes aim at the Kirchners' critics and the media, which Moriarty said
    told only the Warburtons' side of the story.

    On hand was James Heiple, former chief justice of the Supreme Court of
    Illinois, vilified as the author of the unanimous opinion ordering Danny be
    returned to his birth parents. He and his clerks said they were glad to see
    from the pictures in Moriarty's book that Danny seems to be doing OK.

    "Of course, I'm personally happy about it," Heiple said.

    But his job was never to predict which would be a happier home for Danny --
    only to rule on what the law held in Illinois and under the law, Otakar
    Kirchner had a right to his son, Heiple said.

    Jay and Kim Warburton never saw Danny again after that day in 1995. An
    attempted reunion failed. They could not be reached for comment Monday, but
    they said through their attorney they want Danny to know that they love him and
    will eagerly look at the pictures of him in the book.

    On the cover is the heart-wrenching scene viewed 'round the world of Kirchner
    pulling the crying boy in his red jump suit out of the arms of the adoptive
    mother he clings to.

    Inside, the book offers photos of a confident, blond 12-year-old boy smiling on
    the Florida beach, holding a golf club, and standing at the Christmas tree with
    his two equally blond sisters.

    "I got stolen when I was a baby," Moriarty quotes Danny as telling her. "There
    was a big argument about who I should stay with and about the truth. The other
    people -- I don't know their names -- wanted to keep me."

    Danny said his classmates read about him on the Internet and they know he's
    "Baby Richard."

    If he retains any emotional scars from the abrupt transfer eight years ago,
    "there's never been any manifestation of it," Moriarty said. "I asked his
    religion teacher what stood out about him. She said, 'He's always so happy.' He
    just got straight A's on his last report card. He played his first basketball
    game Friday night."

    After a brief separation, Otakar and Daniela Kirchner have remained together
    and had two daughters in the last eight years.



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    A good friend will come and bail you out of jail . . . but, a true friend will
    be sitting next to you saying, "**** . . . that was fun!"
    -----Unknown

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    'Baby Richard' doing fine -- 7th-grader has straight A's

    In article <[email protected]>,
    [email protected]ospam (LilMtnCbn) wrote:
    http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-baby18.html 'Baby Richard' doing fine -- 7th-grader has straight A's


    This is good news for the lad, and I hope he continues to do well.

    I don't think much of the psychologist who treated him and then wrote a
    book. Something about professional ethics in that.

    And the old goat Justice Heiple was at the reception -- figures. He got
    tossed from the Court afterwards in an election as voters got tired of
    him.




    steve

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    • #3
      Mixed messages

      "I got stolen when I was a baby," Moriarty quotes Danny as telling her. "There was a big argument about who I should stay with and about the truth. The other people -- I don't know their names -- wanted to keep me."
      That seems like a rather disturbing statement as it was reported that in actuality the child was given to the Warburtons in a legal adoption proceeding. Are his parents and psychologist trying to convince him that the first four years of his life (very influential years) were spent with criminals instead of a family who lovingly adopted him?

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      • #4
        spam

        BY ABDON M. PALLASCH Legal Affairs Reporter Advertisement

        This is spam to sell the book.
        Last edited by GotSmart; 12-10-2006, 07:02 AM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by GotSmart View Post
          BY ABDON M. PALLASCH Legal Affairs Reporter Advertisement

          This is spam to sell the book.
          This is so weird, this all was mentioned in a thread yesterday http://www.laborlawtalk.com/showthread.php?t=164994

          Also, this is a very old thread.

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