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After A Year With Strangers NortW** Arkansas TIMES, Sunday, May 5, 1974 , ARKANSAS · 71 Infant did nap Victim Starts Life Over MODESTO Calif. (AP) -Blond dye used to disguise 2- y e a r-old Tommy Lauver's tousled brown hair has almost grown out but reminders of a year he spent wilh another identity remain. The toddler walks with a rolling gait perhaps from lack of practice. Tommy's mother Frances Lauver 23 s a y s he was just beginning to say "Mommy" and "Daddy" when he was kidnaped more than a year ago. Today he still talks at that level. Tommy is q sturdy 31-pound- er with shining blue eyes and a wide expressive mouth which breaks easily inlo a grin. One change since the kidnaping is a set of baby teelh but Tommy appears little altered otherwise Mrs. Lauver said. "He eats constantly and he ale constantly before. He still loves mashed potatoes" she added. Tom Lauver, 28, found o u t about his son's new teeth the hard way. "I was sitting there rocking him counting his teeth one night and crunch! It didn't take me long to learn not to poke my finger in his mouth. "He even wrinkles his nose like he used to" Tom said. His mother calls it Tommy's "rabbit face." A few months of loving. and playing with the toddler have eased memories of the long weeks when the Lauvers woun- dered if they would ever hold little Tommy again -- or if he was still alive. YEAR ERASED "It seems to me now like the year never happened" Mrs. Lauvcr said. The youngster then 11- months old was abducted by a man with a knife who accosted Mrs. Lauver as she loaded groceries into her car Jan. 20 1973. After driving around a '""· minutes the kidnaper few pushed her from the car after taking her name and address and promising to contact her to return the child. The contact never came. Weeks turned into months as officers checked hundreds of tips but produced no clues. Finally a woman who moved here after the abduction read a first anniversary newspaper account of the Lauvers' loss. She thought a neighbor's adopted child looked like a photo of the Lauver boy printed with the story and called detectives. Sheriff's deputies confirmed the identity by checking footprints and returned Tommy to his parents Feb. 5. Robert William Coffey and his wife Marjorie have been indicted for kidnaping. Mrs. Lauver identified Coffey from a lineup as her child's abductor. The Coffeys reportedly were unable to bear a child of their own. They called Tommy "Shawn." NOT MISTREATED Alice Williams Coffey's sister said she never saw the child mistreated or dirty. "They really loved him and took good care of him. He had boxes of toys in his room. And when he had a cold or some- ,hing they took him to the doc:or -- and worried a lot." Officers at first said Tom r my's ankles were red and swollen as if they had been bound but now they and the Lauvers refuse to discuss his feet, speech or any other aspect of Lhe youngster's medical situation because of the pending trial. In spite of their elation at having Tommy back some of the trauma lingers. Mrs. Lauver won't take Tommy shop, ping with her in the car alone. "I'll take hint out wilh me if someone else is along. Otherwise I take him to his aunt's house'* she said brushing her straight brown hair from her face. Tom Lauver a handy man for a mobile home sales f i r m lost the use of his arms temporarily. Doctors say it was a reaction to the shock of the abduction. The paralysis gradually disappeared and he returned to work after a few weeks. "After it happened I was kind of lost" Mrs. Lauver said softly. "I prayed every night about it. I never gave up. But after a while I could be logical about it and discuss it without breaking down every time" she said as Tommy climbed onto her lap for a kiss. "In fact two days before Tommy was found I had gone off the pill so I could have another child. Now I think I'll wait awhile/' UNDERSTANDS WORDS As she talked Tommy wob- Died across the floor among his toys, laughing, a g r a h a m cracker crumbling in his hand. He refused to say a word but Ms reaction made it plain he knew what every word meant. Mrs. Lauver proudly displayed Tommy's room brimming with toys and new furniture -- presents from a community party on his birthday Feb. 20. More than 500 Modest- ans who had followed the Lauver's year of anguish turned out to share their joy. Tommy's room has new wall-to-wall carpeting donated by a local merchant. Bunk beds and a new dresser almost fill the small room. In the living room squashed amoeba-like in front of the small television set is' a yellow ieanba# chair. "He watches 'Sesame Street' from there" Mrs. Lauver added. Tommy constantly wandered back to his mother who was curled in Ihe corner of a worn sofa. Her soft eyes followed him as tie clutched toys scattered around the room. A mother again after a year in limbo Mrs. Lauvcr admits Tommy will be spoiled. "If I don't do it Tom will." And she isn't worried t h a t her son doesn't walk or talk as well as he might. "I think once he -starts, it's going to come out like you wouldn't believe." Unique School Teaching Back-To-Nature Courses Associated Press Writer · TALLAHASSEE, Ha. CAP) .-- Clad only in a yellow bathing suit. Tom Locato pedals his bicycle a mile to the farm a few times each week to spread rot- ling sawdust and chicken rnanure. · Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Spivey .walk over about twice as often -to tend to their 20-by-20-foot plot. -'. They are among some 150 ".back-to-nature enthusiasts en- polled in Florida Stale University's organic gardening course. : All 80 plots at the FSU organ- lie farm are under cultivation ·as a rise in class participation |lias paralleled climbing vegetable prices. · "The only grade is (he num- ;bcr of beatis you put on the ;table," says Lincoln Jarrett, a .volunteer instructor. t He says students join the Icourse to find out if they can .."bust out ami live on the land." ·:But many drop out after dis- .covcring t h a t working the land Jgcts hot ami tedious. -· The five-year-old course, part ;.of the center for participant ; Riley Sees Revenue ; JONESBOHO, Ark. (AP) _ ·LI. Gov. Bob Riley said in a .speech here Thursday nigh' ;'.hat city and county ' govern .menls should gel 10 per cent of ' r the state's general revenue. . He said the city and count} ^officials should present a unitec ·front (or more revenue at '.he jiexl session of Ihe General As ·scmblv. Pediatrics Expert Declares: education, is informal. After icaring lectures on how to use egg shells, carrot tops, leaves and the like for fertilizer, student farmers are told to do :heir own thing. ORGANIC METHODS Exclusive u,se of organic gardening methods is the sole steadfast rule. Spivey, a former Pensacola resident studying for a masters' in library science, said he and his wife grew more collard, turnip and mustard greens than they could eat from their seven-month-old garden. They finally pulled up the collards and tossed them on a compost pile to use in fertilizing their spring crop of beans, corn, okra and assorted other vegetables. One couple and their five children arc still eating vegetables the wife stocked in their freezer last summer. "It's surprising how much you can grow in a small space," she said. Her 40-by-40 foot plot is one of the farm's largest. "My plot has gotten bigger every year. . .as prices go up," she explains. Locato, a junior from F o r t Pierce, is motivated by memories but the Spiveys are planning for the future. "I always had a garden when I wfls young," Locato said. "It makes for a nice day in the sun." "We always lived in small apartments and we wanted to get into growing things,' 1 Mrs. Spivey said. "We hope to grow all our food one day." Traveling Wit/i An Infant Co. n Be (Sob) Easy NEW YORK CAP) -- The energy crunch has made travel more difficult for everyone, but if you think you have troubles, consider the mother with a baby in tow. What's a mother to do? "Traveling long or short distances with an infant need be no problem," says Dr. Henry Harris, clinical instructor of pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College Hospital and advisor lor Open Line, a national tele- lone network for callers who ed medical questions i r ered. "Babies are old enough to avcl from two weeks on," T)r. arris said. "In fact, they are ,sy to take along no matter tw long the trip. At that age, rerything is new to them and cy're secure because they're ith their parents. CARRY ESSENTIALS "Still, the smart mother lould always carry a few es- intials for baby, no matter lere she is going. For ex- mple, disposable diapers; oist towelettes; convenience rms of an iron-fortified infant rmula; a favorite toy, any rescription medicine and YIELDS If your goal is income... now is the time to look at 8% government- guaranteed bonds. How much surplus savings do you have locked up? If it's yielding the usual rates... you might Increase your income from that money by 40%. SO% or morel If that sounds good to you ... read our new booklet: "8 Reasons Why Government-Guaranteed Bonds Make Sense Today." For your free copy, just call A. G. Edwards or mail the coupon. It might yield a lot more than Just interesting facts about bonds. A.G. Edwards ADOFtESS CITY STATE TELEPHONE Northwest Arkansas Plan Fayetteville, Ark. 72701 ·rpftonc B1-2JP* extra wrap, just in case. "Place these take-alongs in a shoulder tote. That way, hands are always free For baby," Dr. flarris added. Before going on a trip, the doctor suggests a visit to the pediatrician. A doctor can check the baby to make sure the infant can travel, as well as recommend special medicines, if necessary. Dr. Harris, a consultant for the Meade Johnson Company, recommends asking your pediatrician for a doctor not only at your destination, but at various points along the way. Another good tip to insure an easy trip is writing ahead to the Chamber of Commerce at your destination, asking which motels, hotels and restaurants in the area welcome babies. Most hotels let a baby stay free if he is in the room with mom and dad. PACK FOOD Dr. Harris says it is wise to pack food for the baby that is convenient to use. Snacks along the way as well as nutritious meals keep a baby healthy and happy. Take along cereal assortments, fruit in jars, water and a convenience formula, which lets you feed baby with a disposable bottle and standard nipple. There is no need for preparation ' or refrigeration, except for unused portions or leating. Mothers who are breast feeding may find traveling tiring. Ready-to-use formulas in bottles or cans may substitute for early morning feedings or when the family plans to eat out. Formulas are also nutritious for children to age 2, ensuring them of getting a balanced diet, which may be difficult when traveling. If Baby develops a cold bee fore you leave, cheek with your doctor. Do not fly if your infant has a cold or upper respiratory illness, Dr. Harris said. Never travel with an infant who has been exposed to a communicable disease until the incubation period has passed. The best clothes to pack for a baby are those that need minimal care. No-iron, stretch, knil and quick-dry fabrics travel best. An all-in-one stretch suit is practical, comfortable day or night and good - protection against sudden chills. sole Fun-Loving Darts j; Casuals v Orig. $13 9 90 Light, comfortable, full of featherweights. Soft little cos made to slip into and go. sporty and carefree and such a low, low price. Women's Shoes-- DIUARD'S-Fint floor fun jols So Open Monday Through Saturday 10 Till 9 SIT NEAR DIVIDER When flying with a baby, lert your airline to seat you ear the first and second class .vider, where a crib can be set ;}, If an i n f a n t cries after take- T and landing, it is his way of opping his ears. To avoid lose tears, offer the baby a rink during the ascent and decent. If traveling by train or bus, it s wise to carry sterile water. For the walking baby, a har- ess will keep the child within reach. Try to be the first oni weight of tiie baby the seat is and last off when taking public I designed for, as well as the car transportation. That way you ]»|l°jhich it will fit. Dr. Harris can avoid delaying yourself and otliers, If traveling by car, remember never to hold a baby in the front seat with you or strap him in with the safety belt. Both practices can cause injuries. A baby should ride in the back seat in a special car seat provided for his safety. Make sure the one you buy has a label stating height and Up to the age of nine months, infants rarely become car sick. In fact, Dr. Harris said, the motion may put the child to sleep. If an older baby locs become ill, have him munch on dry crackers. The TIMES Is On Top of The News Seven Days a Week \\Tool\vortlv Satisfaction Guaranteed · Replacement or Money Refunded Colorful pant mates... tops for MOTHER'S DAY I ^^T~X C.inA^» JU.., *·**. S%?\ Sunday, May Sleeveless double knits Six button front, two patch ; pockets, Notch collar. Polyester. White, panel,. S-M-L. Short sleeved knits Pofyester double knils with collar, 2 patch pockets. In white and pastels. S-M-l. 5 00 Seg-W. 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