IL (July 14, 2003) - The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
(DCFS) announced today DNA results show conclusively Laura Ann Trandel
of Anna, Illinois is the biological mother of Eli Quick. This begins the
process of introducing Eli to his new family.
sister, Cheri, is now poised to gain custody of the boy whose name according
to his birth certificate is Timothy Robert Trandel, seven years old. DCFS
will assess Cheri Trandel and her home for suitability. Cheri is already
raising three of Laura Trandel's children in downstate Anna.
be meeting with the Trandel family, Timothy's foster family and his therapist
to determine how best to prepare the boy to assume his new identity. "The
department wants to be absolutely certain that Timothy is clinically ready
to become part of a brand new family," said Jill Manuel, DCFS spokeswoman.
"There are a whole host of factors to consider, not the least of
which is the impact this news will have on a 7-year-old boy, who in February,
was separated from the only family he's ever known."
determine when Timothy is ready to be introduced to his new family. DCFS
will be working closely with all parties involved. The department plans
to proceed with extreme caution to ensure a successful transition.
first came to the attention of DCFS in February after Ricky Quick brought
him to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston for help with what he called "aggressive
behavior." Eli Quick was taken into protective custody after staff
there suspected abuse and neglect. He's been living in a foster home in
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services