'Burger King Baby' Katheryn Deprill Reunites With Mom Who Abandoned Her

Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 10:28 AM

By Nick Sanchez

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Katheryn Deprill made headlines 27 years ago when she was abandoned by her mother in a Burger King bathroom just hours after her birth. Nearly three decades later, the "Burger King Baby" used Facebook to find and meet her.

"She is better than anything I could've ever imagined. She is so sweet and amazing. I'm so happy," Deprill told the Associated Press after their first meeting on Monday.

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Deprill's search began March 2, when she posted a photo to her Facebook page holding up a sign that described her quest.

 


"I want her to know that I am not mad at her for what she did, however I have so many questions to ask her and also to start a relationship with my biological mother. Please help me find her by sharing my post," she said at the time.

After seeing the message, Deprill's birth mother, who asked to remain anonymous, arranged to meet her daughter at the offices of her lawyer, attorney John Waldron, in the same town as the original Burger King, Allentown, Pennsylvania.

"They immediately hugged," Waldron told CNN affiliate WFMZ. "It was really fun seeing something this happy and this joyful. It was exciting, emotional, dramatic."

Waldron told the press that Deprill's mother had been raped while traveling abroad and become pregnant. She abandoned her baby at the Burger King knowing someone would immediately find her. She was only 17 at the time, and kept the pregnancy hidden from her parents.

"She left the baby in a location where the baby would be found and cared for. She kissed the baby on the forehead, Katheryn, and left," said Waldron.

After the meeting, Deprill said her mother "was extremely upset that she had to leave me and it wasn't what she wanted, but she felt she had no other means. She was only 17 years old. She left me somewhere she knew I'd be found. She did not want to throw me away."

Deprill learned about her abandonment as a 12-year-old, when her sixth-grade teacher assigned the class a project focusing on 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.

When she began her search, Deprill said she was "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, she said "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." Finding out her family medical history was also at the top of her list, she said.

The meeting between her and her biological mother lasted about four hours, and Deprill said they plan to meet again.

"I got the hug that I had wanted for the last 27 years, and that broke the ice," she said. "I asked if I could have it, and she said, 'absolutely,' and just held her arms open, and the rest is history."

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