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Baby Richard’s Adoptive Parents Call For End To Death Threats

May 16, 1995

CHICAGO (AP) _ Baby Richard’s adoptive parents appealed Monday for an end to death threats against his biological parents, the couple they fought in court for four years.

``Richard’s emotional and physical well-being have always been our primary concern,″ Robert and Kimberly Warburton said in a statement. ``He was raised in an environment where violence and vengeance are not condoned and are not believed to be the solution. Thank you for considering our thoughts and feelings in this matter.″

The Warburtons, reluctantly bowing to an Illinois Supreme Court order, relinquished custody of the 4-year-old boy to biological parents Otakar and Daniela Kirchner on April 30.

The Warburtons are still hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will give them back the youngster they took home from the hospital when he was 4 days old. But the high court has repeatedly refused to intervene in the case.

Mrs. Kirchner gave the boy up for adoption when he was 4 days old and told Kirchner _ her then-estranged boyfriend _ that he had died. When he learned the truth 57 days later, Kirchner sued for custody, claiming his parental rights had been violated.

Attorney Loren Heinemann, who represents the Kirchners, says that they have received a number of death threats as a result of their insistence on taking custody of the boy.

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