Baby Richard

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 03 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1519
  1. George Dunea

    Last June the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that a 3 1/2 year old boy was to be taken from his adoptive parents and handed over to natural parents whom he had never seen. Although the decision caused an outcry, the case was complicated enough to defy the wisdom of King Solomon himself.

    It all began in June 1990, in Chicago, when the boy's mother became pregnant while living with her boyfriend. Later the couple had a fight, and during the boyfriend's absence the young woman moved out to a shelter. She had the baby in March 1991 and put him up for adoption with a suburban family four days later. In May the boyfriend returned …

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