On July 7, 1968, a janitor found “Baby John Doe” abandoned on the doorstep of a church in Minneapolis. The baby boy was just hours old. It quickly made local headlines and news reports.
Darlene and Ron Lickness were traveling with their family when they heard about the abandoned baby on the radio.
Something clicked. Darlene instantly looked over at Ron and said, “I bet you that’s our baby.”
The baby didn’t biologically belong to Darlene. Plus, the baby was black and the Lickness family was white, so, to some, this may sound like a strange comment. But she was right.
Darlene and Ron knew they were meant to hear the story on the radio and that this baby was meant to be their baby.
“I never thought of skin color,” Ron told KARE11. “No, it was never a thought. He was our child.”
The couple already had five kids: four biological children and one adopted son. They also adopted Baby John Doe, named him Dann, and provided him with a lifetime of unconditional love and care.
Forty-eight years later and all grown up, Dann heard a brand-new story on the news that made his heart completely drop.
Watch the video below to see the stunning turn of events nearly 50 years in the making, and please SHARE Dann’s amazing story with your friends on Facebook.
Footage provided by KARE Minneapolis
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