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Foster mom known as ‘baby whisperer’

Woman showers love on infants until adoptive parents can take them

Becky O’Connell, 64, cares for a 4-week-old baby at her home in Chicago. O’Connell has served as a temporary foster mother for more than 70 infants over 10 years. (Heather Charles/Chicago Tribune)
Becky O’Connell, 64, cares for a 4-week-old baby at her home in Chicago. O’Connell has served as a temporary foster mother for more than 70 infants over 10 years. (Heather Charles/Chicago Tribune)
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By Colleen Mastony/Chicago Tribune CHICAGO — She keeps the baby clothes arranged by size in the guest room. The hand-knit caps are stacked on a table near the door. And the white wicker bassinet is always within reach. Becky O’Connell knows the call can come at any time. And so, when the phone rings shortly after 10 on a recent morning, she crosses her kitchen and picks up on the third ring. “He was born ...


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