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Help ‘Burger King Baby’ Find Her Biological Mother

It was only days ago I saw this woman pop up on my news feed numerous times. I immediately wondered if this was another hoax created to play on the emotions of the public. When in fact, the Burger King Baby is quite real and asking for your help through means of social media.Katheryn Deprill

Help ‘Burger King  Baby’ Find Her Biological Mother

Katheryn Deprill began her quest on March 2nd and has been shared nearly 27,000 times by Facebook users around the world.  She posted a photo of herself holding a sign that said, “Looking for my birth mother….She abandoned me in the Burger King bathroom only hours old, Allentown, PA.  Please help me find her by sharing my post.”

It happened in 1986, a newborn wrapped in a red sweater was found abandoned in the bathroom of a fast-food restaurant. Nearly three decades later, the baby is all grown up and looking for her biological mother, and tens of thousands of people are trying to help.

Deprill, a 27-year-old married mother of three, figured the photo would be reposted by friends, maybe friends of friends. Astonishingly though, Deprill’s story is rocking  the media world!

Deprill, an EMT who lives outside Allentown in South Whitehall Township, said there’s so much she wants to tell her birth mom.

“Number one is, I would really like to say, ‘Thank you for not throwing me away, thank you for giving me the gift of life, and look what I’ve become,'” Deprill said Monday.

She is curious about her family medical history, as any woman with children would be.  She also has many questions concerning the circumstances of her birth and abandonment.

“What made her do it? Why did she feel that she shouldn’t leave me at a hospital? Was she going through a horrible time?”

Deprill learned about her abandonment as a 12-year-old, when her sixth-grade teacher assigned the class to a project focusing on the students’ family backgrounds. Deprill came home and demanded answers from her adoptive parents, Brenda and Carl Hollis. They slid a scrapbook in front of her that held newspaper clippings from 1986.

The articles explained how a Burger King patron had heard a baby’s cries and discovered Katheryn on the bathroom floor. How a restaurant worker then called police. How police were trying to track down the mother.

“I comprehended it, but it still didn’t sink in that it was me, that a mother could just lay her baby down and walk away. That is just mind-blowing to me,” Deprill said.

She launched her search with the blessing of her parents. In fact, it was her mother who suggested holding up a sign and posting it on social media.

Deprill said she is “definitely not looking to replace my brothers and sister nor my adoptive parents, because I’ve had the best life. It was the best childhood ever.”

At the same time, “I would really like to see somebody who looks like me, and maybe I have (biological) brothers and sisters. … I’m really frustrated. I just wish I knew more about her.”

There’s still no sign of the mystery mother who left her in a restaurant bathroom.  The mother may be unlikely to come forward for fear of being prosecuted.

We would like the mother to know, according to Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin, “there is a two-year statue of limitations on child abandonment.”

“Even if that were not the case,” he said via email, “I believe most DAs would exercise sound discretion and not prosecute someone under these circumstances.”

 Help ‘Burger King  Baby’ Find Her Biological Mother

The facts of this article were contributed by The Associated Press

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