the black&white version has a strange HDR-looking background with some strange halo-effect that makes the background very distracting, and it is not so distracting in the color version.
In the B&W I did the HDR on background to give it the same importance as the kid. The picture was not intended to be a portrait and when converted to B&W the image focused more on the kid.
I even printed both 11x14 and have them side by side and still I can't choose.
Thanks for the input guys