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In a 1991 interview, LaWanda Copeland told New Times she could understand her son's bitter feelings toward her.
"They say [Sam] is ready to, what's that word, confront me now," she said. "He's real angry. Well, I'm ready. Let him confront me. All I want is my son back."
She got her wish. According to one of Copeland's attorneys, Sam, now 16, has been living with his mother for several years.