Religion: Fight for Hildy

In every city and town in Massachusetts last week, police searched for a blue-eyed, four-year-old girl whose name and face were familiar to newspaper readers across the U.S. Everyone knew that the youngster was safe, but no one could say that she had not been harmed. Hildy McCoy, born out of wedlock to a Roman Catholic mother, was the innocent victim of a bitter and poignant custody case. To avoid giving her up, her Jewish foster parents had hidden her in defiance of Massachusetts law.

Hildy was born in a Boston hospital in 1951 to...

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