Cops Returned Wrong Baby in 1964 Kidnapping
Chicago parents raised child found in NJ who DNA says isn't theirs
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 8, 2013 2:04 AM CDT
Updated Aug 11, 2013 7:00 PM CDT
The FBI is taking another look at a 1964 kidnapping.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Paul Joseph Fronczak was abducted as an infant from a Chicago hospital in 1964; shortly afterward authorities thought they'd found him and returned a baby to Fronczak's parents. That child was raised as Paul Fronczak—but a DNA test this year shows it wasn't him. Now, the FBI is reopening the case, the Chicago Tribune reports. The man raised as Fronczak is hoping to find the kidnapping victim, not to mention his own birth parents. "I'm in this for the long haul," he says.

"The perfect ending would be to find the real Paul, see that he's doing well and then on the same day find my real family," he says. In 1964, a woman posing as a nurse told mom Dora Fronczak the baby needed an exam; the "nurse" and the baby disappeared in a taxi, the Chicago Sun-Times notes. Investigators thought they'd found the baby in New Jersey, identifying an abandoned child as Fronczak partially based on the shape of his ears. Now, the FBI hopes "new witnesses come forward," and it may "subject some of the physical evidence to new and previously unavailable forensic examinations," says a rep.

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coppermouse
Aug 12, 2013 12:02 PM CDT
what about the baby's foot print?????
ProudDemocrat
Aug 12, 2013 6:59 AM CDT
Missing the obvious elephant in the room here. Maybe it WAS the right baby, and mom was fooling around.
RLM357
Aug 11, 2013 10:38 PM CDT
The Joy felt in the hearts of the Police in the recovery of what they believed was the abducted child is now dimmed. This occurred way before DNA was even discovered. I feel for everyone involved. What a severe disappointment forall to suffer. However the Love for the child exists. Therein lies the salvation. All I can say is WOW. Just a thought... how about the men that have paid dearly for Child Support, for a child not of his making? And the ex gets off scot-free. ~Rick Magee, FL