Friday, September 05, 2008

A Real-life Wisconsin Soap Opera

If you find yourself drawn to switched-at-birth stories and the like, here's one that popped up on Google Reader.

In brief, two families in the 1950s -- the women gave birth on the same day. Apparently, a nurse left one infant unattended; another picked her up and handed her to the wrong mother. This story encompasses so many fascinating issues -- families, the mindset of the 1950s, how people rationalize, the aftermath, etc.

It's long, but worth the listen.

5 comments:

Adam said...

Hey, thanks for the linkage. I'm proud to be on your bad attitude blogroll. I'll be sure to visit back and see what you're up to.

Lugosi said...

There was a particularly tragic "switched at birth" story in Virginia about ten years ago. It came to light during a paternity suit brought by one of the mothers. By the time everything was sorted out, the parents of the other baby had been killed in a car crash.
Then the courts got involved, and things REALLY went south.

Volly said...

There's rarely a happy ending. This should be a cautionary tale to any kids out there who are wishing they had been switched at birth.

Thanks for commenting. I'd be interested in finding out what's going on with the two Virginia families now.

Volly said...

I found an update - now we're edging into Ripley's Believe it Or Not:

Carlton Conley, Rebecca's biological father, also wanted custody of the girl. The judge granted him visitation rights and told him he would have to travel to Buena Vista to see her.

When Conley traveled to town, he wound up spending time with Pam Miskovsky, Kevin Chittum's sister, who had lost her only daughter in the crash. Miskovsky was the one who'd bring Rebecca to see him, and she'd take Lindsey along as well. At first they did things together, such as visit the zoo, for the sake of honoring the visitation arrangement.

But she and Conley hit it off, and their relationship bloomed. They wed in 2001.

Now Rebecca and her sister, Lindsey, live with Carlton and Pam Conley, who have since had two sons of their own.

Volly said...

Amended:

The story is here:

http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/168155