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DNA results show Eli Quick's biological mother
is downstate woman Laura Trandel

Chicago, 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.

Laura Trandel's 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.

DCFS will 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."

DCFS will 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.

Timothy Trandel 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 Chicago.


Jill Manuel
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

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