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Baby Richard Feeds Ducks with Biological Dad

May 2, 1995

CHICAGO (AP) _ Baby Richard fed ducks, looked through books and talked on the phone with his adoptive family Monday, his first full day with the biological parents who fought for four years to raise him.

The blond 4-year-old hit it off reasonably well with Otakar and Daniela Kirchner, said their lawyer Loren Heinemann.

``They were interacting,″ Heinemann said. ``I won’t say they were bonding right away, but they were interacting. Things were OK.″

On Richard’s first night in the Kirchners’ two-bedroom suburban apartment, his biological parents slept on the floor in his room to allay any fears, Heinemann said.

``He got a little weepy during the mid-evening _ basically, the I-want-to-go-home type of thing,″ Heinemann said. ``Then he came out and had a little snack.″

The state Supreme Court granted Kirchner custody in January, ruling the adoption was illegal because he’d been told the child was born dead. Kirchner took custody Sunday.

The child’s adoptive family, Kimberly and Robert Warburton, took him home when he was 4 days old. They are identified in court papers only as John and Jane Doe.

His biological mother was under the mistaken belief that Kirchner had abandoned her and told him the boy had died. When she told him the truth, their child was 57 days old. He launched his custody battle, and the couple later married.

The battle prompted Americans to re-evaluate adoption laws in light of the best interests of the child and the rights of the biological father.

Mrs. Kirchner gives facials in a beauty parlor. Kirchner is an unemployed restaurant manager. He wants to spend a few months getting to know his son, then go back to work, Heinemann said.

Getting acquainted, the boy and Kirchner fed ducks at a pond near his new home. He played with toys, looked through books and telephoned his 8-year-old adoptive brother, John. He spoke with his adoptive parents Sunday and Monday, and the adults were trying to arrange a meeting.

Richard was raised Lutheran, while the Kirchners are Roman Catholic. The Kirchners will now attend a Lutheran church, Heinemann said.

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