SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — A boy at the center of a four-year custody battle was taken sobbing and whimpering from his adoptive parents Sunday by the mother who had given him up and the father he had never met.
Otakar and Daniela Kirchner picked up the 4-year-old boy, identified in court records only as Baby Richard, from the adoptive parents' home in suburban Chicago where he had lived since he was 4 days old.
The child cried, whimpered and reached out to his adoptive mother repeatedly as she turned him over to the Kirchners. The adoptive father looked on with tears in his eyes.
Many in a crowd of about 200 neighbors cried as the boy was driven away in a van and taken to his new home, also in suburban Chicago.