Adam Chandler, III. was born in one of Pine Valley’s worst storms.
His mother, Babe Chandler, had just helped Bianca Montgomery give birth
to her own child, Miranda Montgomery. Babe went into labor in her father's,
David Hayward, cabin. Paul Cramer, Babe’s ex-husband, arrived to
help Babe through the labor. He was the Helicopter Paramedic on-call during
the storm. After Little Adam’s successful birth, Paul drugged Babe.
He then staged a helicopter crash where he intended to lead Babe to believe
her son had died. But Adam Chandler and JR Chandler, Little Adam’s
grandfather and father, arrived on the scene and threatened to hurt Paul
if he did not produce a child. He gave them Miranda Montgomery.
Paul kidnapped Little Adam for his sister, Kelly Cramer Buchanan. Kelly
was married to Lieutenant Governor Kevin Buchanan in Llanview. Kelly had
miscarried and learned she could no longer carry a child to term. Afraid
that Kevin would leave her, Kelly pleaded with Paul to help her. Kevin
named Little Adam, Asa “Ace” Buchanan, II., after his grandfather.
and Kevin would have a chance encounter months later. Babe immediately
felt a connection to Little Adam. She began to plan play dates for Little
Adam and her daughter, Bess Chandler, who was really Miranda. Babe secretly
ran a DNA test confirming Little Adam was her son.
Babe and Jamie Martin, Little Adam’s uncle, kidnapped him and went
on the run. They were going to start a new life together away from Pine
Valley and Llanview. To avoid suspicion, they renamed Little Adam "James."
The family settled in New Orleans.
Jamie and Babe’s new family was short lived as Adam and JR tracked
the couple down to New Orleans. Liza Colby and Colby Chandler tried to
give them a place to hide, but Adam’s goons were still able to track
them down. Babe and Jamie were taken into police custody, and a custody
battle over Little Adam's fate ensued.
Kevin and Kelly waived their rights to Little Adam knowing they never
had a real claim to him. But JR was relentless. Based on the fact that
Babe had committed so many crimes, JR was awarded full custody of Little
Adam. JR severely limited Babe’s visits.
Around Christmas time, Little Adam was kidnapped. JR blamed Babe, but
she too was unaware about what happened to her son. They searched for
Little Adam together. Jonathan Lavery found Little Adam in a manger. Little
Adam told him parents that Santa Claus had taken him. Both Amanda and
Jonathan were found wearing Santa costumes. The ordeal actually brought
JR and Babe together. He offered her more time to spend with her son.
Janet kidnapped Little Adam and Babe after the explosion at the Mardi
Gras Ball. She wanted Little Adam to take the place of her daughter, Amanda,
whom she thought no longer loved her. Janet renamed Little Adam, Rembrandt.
Luckily, the authorities were able to track them down to a cabin outside
of Pine Valley. After the ordeal, Babe and JR remarried. For a bit of
time, Little Adam had a normal family.
Little Adam thought he had lost his mother to the Satin Slayer, Alexander
Cambias. In reality, Babe was in hiding to protect her from the killing
Dr. Josh Madden reunited mother and son. Babe contemplated running away
with Little Adam as JR had blackmailed her for custody.
When JR and Babe divorced, Little Adam’s home life seemed to improve.
Babe and JR were more civil to each other than while they were married.
Little Adam also got to share his first birthday with Miranda. Babe and
Bianca knew the celebration was long overdue.
JR and Babe decided to reconcile and marry again. At the engagement party,
Little Adam accidentally swallowed Babe’s original wedding ring.
The Chandlers moved to San Diego for a fresh start. Before JR and Babe
could say their vows again, Adam subpoenaed them to return to Pine Valley
and testify in the Bella class action suite against FUSION.
The night of their return, a tornado stormed trough Pine Valley. The roof
of the comeback came crashing down on Babe and Little Adam. Babe struggled
to protect her son from being crushed. After the paramedics arrived, Little
Adam was pulled from the rubble. But there was nothing they could do for
Babe. She died at the hospital. She left Little Adam a sea shell that
they had found together on the beach in San Diego.
David returned to Pine Valley to claim his grandson. JR wanted to leave
town, but Little Adam longed to be around familiar places and faces, his