The remaining $2,700 is being placed into a fund approved by Michalic and overseen by attorney Joe Adams, who said he will volunteer to act as a court-appointed conservator for Ethan. Adams said he would work with attorney Kimberly Clark, appointed by Michalic as a guardian ad litem to make sure all the boy's needs are covered.
That money will be combined in accounts with donations totaling almost $7,000 that poured in through the mail, said Police Chief Allan Smith of Napier Field, where police volunteers helped solicit birthday cards for the child.
"Every now and then one would come in and have $6 in it," said Smith.
Police also collected dozens of stuffed bears for Ethan, along with more than 150 Hot Wheels toy cars, he said. Donations are just now beginning to slow down.
"That's good, because at some point I've got to get my staff back doing to what they normally do," Smith said.
Dr. Phil McGraw of the "Dr. Phil" television show donated money for the boy's care through his foundation after the child and his mother appeared on a segment, but the amount hasn't been disclosed.
Authorities have said the boy has Asperger's syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and experts say Ethan's medical condition and any past difficulties in his short life could make recovery from the hostage ordeal even tougher.
Adams said he fears publicizing the amount that's come in so far because he does not want to discourage donations.
"The boy has many needs, and we don't want to put out a figure where people would say, 'Oh, he's got plenty,' " Adams said.