Pearl’s Widow Gives Birth To Son


(AP) Four months after slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl disappeared in Pakistan, his widow has become a mother.

Mariane Pearl, a free-lance journalist, gave birth to a baby boy in Paris on Tuesday, said Ashley McCown, a Boston-based spokeswoman for the family. The baby, Adam D. Pearl, and his mother “are doing fine,” McCown said Thursday.

Adam weighs about 6 pounds, said a New York spokesman for Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal.

Daniel Pearl, 38, the newspaper’s South Asia bureau chief, disappeared Jan. 23 in the port city of Karachi while researching Pakistani militants. Pakistan has charged four Islamic militants in his kidnapping and murder.

Mariane Pearl, who now lives in Paris, was six months pregnant with their only child when Pearl disappeared.

After he was confirmed dead in February, Mariane Pearl said she hoped to be able “to tell our son that his father carried the flag to end terrorism, raising an unprecedented demand among people from all countries not for revenge but for the values we all share: love, compassion, friendship, and citizenship far transcending the so-called clash of civilizations.”

She agreed to testify in the militants’ trial after the child’s birth.

In a statement, the Pearl family said: “For us, Adam’s birth rekindles the joy, love, and humanity that Danny radiated wherever he went. The name Adam symbolizes the birth of humankind and the connectedness of civilizations.”

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