Abandoned at birth: Man's adoption story

February 15, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – A South Minneapolis man’s heart dropped when he heard a story on the news last month where a baby boy was abandoned at the Cathedral of St. Paul and found by the church custodian. “It was my story too,” said Dann Lickness. “I was Baby John Doe.” On July 7, 1968, on the doorstep of Mount Olive Lutheran Church near Chicago Avenue and Lake Street in Minneapolis, a church janitor found Lickness, just hours old, early on a Sunday morning. Lickness, now 48, keeps a clip from the newspaper article from the next day where a nurse cradled him in her arms. He will never forget words from the church janitor who first discovered him, when he was swaddled in just newspaper. (Photo: KARE 11) “I was happy to find him because if the dogs had come he might have been killed,” said the custodian. “That statement has been one of my drives for life. I’ve been very...

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