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Score one for the power of social media.

What started out as a simple Facebook post in early March became an improbable family reunion this week.



Katheryn Deprill, known as the “Burger King baby” after she was abandoned in a restroom as an hours-old newborn in Allentown, Pennsylvania, 27 years ago, reached out to her birth mother by making a simple request.

“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 added. “Maybe she will see this.”

She did. And on Monday, the two women met.

“They immediately hugged,” said Jim Waldron, an attorney who arranged the meeting at the request of Deprill’s birth mother told CNN affiliate WFMZ. “It was exciting, emotional, dramatic.”

‘She had no other means’

Waldron said Deprill’s birth mother had been raped while traveling in another country and become pregnant. She was able to keep the pregnancy a secret from her parents, but knew she couldn’t take care of the baby.

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

Deprill told the affiliate 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.”

Outpouring of emotions

The reunion was also attended by Deprill’s adoptive mom and her birth mom’s husband.

Deprill declined to identify her birth mom, saying “she did not want to be in the limelight.”

The meeting sparked an outpouring of emotions on Facebook.

“So happy you found your biological mom and send hugs to your adoptive mom for not trying to prevent it,” posted Kathleen Canavan-Hurley. “She must be a lovely lady to stand beside you and encourage your decisions.”

“So happy for both of you! I hope this is the beginning of a wonderful relationship!” Monica Ellis-Applegate said.

It just might be.

Deprill told the affiliate that her birth mother wants to be involved her life, and she hopes they’ll meet again soon.


  • Will Grant

    Of course she “wants to be involved” now that someone else did all the work and bore all the expenses.

  • FaithC

    Torn on this one. Could be the 17 year old mother was desperate and thought she was doing the best for her child. Then again maybe she was doing what she thought was best for herself. Only the birth mother knows the truth.
    I wonder why if she wanted to be involved with her daughters life she did not try to find her when the child turned 18 or 22 or 24 or 26…

    • Titus Robinson

      Maybe she wasnt sure how the daughter would respond if she tried to reach out. I think she came out to meet her because the daughter said she wasnt mad at her and just wanted to meet her. 17 year olds do a lot of stupid things.. Im glad they were able to meet..

    • Sindessa Orellia

      I am glad she found her Mom , but this is true as well , My mom had 2 at 17 , 1st born father died from a magnet off a crane hitting him , second born was me. She was single with two kids , and would not even think about giving her kids up under no circumstances and if you knew me, you’d know I was Not easy to raise . I think we can judge that . Not the person but the actions of that person. Sylvia Likens is a good example to go by in this one.

  • Helene

    Many people tend to be critical of the decisions of others without knowing the whole story. I can’t say what I would do if I were 17, scared, and alone. I do know that I can’t sit in judgment of another person, especially if the young woman who was left has forgiven her birth mother. How do we know she didn’t try to look for her child? Compassion, mercy, and temperance of speech would make this world a better place.

  • Shawn-Marie Woodard

    I hope they all realize what an incredible gift they have been given – Forgiveness and acceptance for the birth mother, a beautiful loving daughter to be proud of for the adoptive mother, and two mothers who each love her in their own way for the daughter!

  • Paula Labrecque

    She is a very lucky girl to have found her mother. 17 is a very scary age to think of taking care of a baby when your a baby yourself. God Bless the two of them in their new found love for each other. I wish them all the blessings in the world. Good job facebook comrades for taking the time to help the two of them reunite. I hope many more are that lucky.

  • RBlades

    People are forgetting the fact tha she was 17 and RAPED. That alone is a lot to deal with! Whatever her decisions were and whatever her reasons were no one knows the truth about it and no one can understand her personally. They are finally meeting now-who cares about the past, if we all lived in the past there would be no future ahead for us. You have to let things go and move on. Let them be and they will work out their own relationship as they see fit.

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