Family relocates to Columbia

Monday, June 10, 2013 | 12:00 p.m. CDT; updated 6:38 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 10, 2013
Roman Caldwell lives in a trailer park in Columbia. He likes to play around the neighborhood and in his house. He said one day, he wants to work at a crayon factory.

COLUMBIA — Roman Caldwell, 6, and his parents, Lonny Caldwell and Samara Eagen, moved to Ed’s Mobile Home Park on South Lenoir Street in April, after his father was laid off from Spartan Light Metal Products Inc. in Mexico, Mo.

“It’s a really boring place,” Lonny Caldwell said about the trailer park. “It’s just a bunch of kids playing, you know. It is not a really dangerous place. I’ve never seen any violence since we moved here.”

Roman said he is having fun with his friends in the summer, but he is also excited to go to New Haven Elementary School because he wants to read.

“I want to work at a crayon factory,” Roman said. “I saw them on TV, and it looks cool.”

“I always tell him, ‘You get to make right choices in your whole life,’ because I want him to live in better environment,” Eagen said. “I want him to be educated with responsibility. But he can work at the crayon factory as long as he is happy.”

While in prison for writing a bad check, Eagen found out she was two-months pregnant with Roman.

“It’s fun when everything is financially OK and you can go do stuff and give them everything they want,” Eagen said. “When you don’t have it, it’s kind of hard because you have to say no.”

After giving birth to Roman in prison, Eagen decided to take advantage of the Mennonite program — where Mennonites foster children — so Roman did not have to go into the state system. He returned to Eagen after she was released. 

“Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” is Roman’s favorite book, and he enjoys watching the movie, “Bolt.” Roman said he loves his parents as well.

“My favorite thing is my mom and dad because I like them,” Roman said. “They feed me, and they love me.”

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