Re: Woman Abandoned at Burger King As a Baby, Finds Birth Mother
SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. -
Katheryn Deprill, the "Burger King baby," finally met her mom Monday afternoon.
Deprill was only hours old when she was abandoned in the restroom of a Burger King in Allentown on Sept. 15, 1986.
She declined to identify her mother after the meeting, but described her as "a normal person" and "very loving." She did say her mother lives in the Lehigh Valley.
The two women were reunited at 1:45 p.m. Monday in the office of attorney John Waldron in Allentown.
Their meeting left Deprill "super excited -- it's better than what I thought."
"They immediately hugged," said Waldron, who arranged the meeting at the request of Deprill's birth mother. "It was exciting, emotional, dramatic."
"It was really fun seeing something this happy and this joyful," he told 69 News.
The 27-year-old South Whitehall woman made national news earlier this month after she posted a photo of herself on Facebook, holding a "looking for my birth mother" sign.
Waldron also declined to identify Deprill's birth mother.
He said the woman and her husband already had made a decision to try to find the baby she had given up 27 years ago. He added all the media coverage about Deprill's search made it easier, but also "scared Mom a bit. She did not want to be in the limelight."
According to Waldron, Deprill's birth mother had been raped while traveling in another country and became pregnant. He said abortion was not an option. She managed to keep her pregnancy a secret. When the baby was born, she told him, she could not take her to the hospital without questions being asked.
"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 said her mother feared what her parents would think about her becoming pregnant. Deprill said her mom quickly learned she was looking for her, but contacted a lawyer for advice.
She said it just took awhile for them to get reconnected. The unidentified woman also met seven-month-old Jackson, Deprill's youngest son, and Deprill's adoptive mother, who accompanied her to the meeting.
Waldron said the birth mother's husband was also there.
Deprill said her birth mother wants to be involved in their lives and she hopes they will meet again soon.
Waldron said, "It's a starting point for them because now they've started a relationship, and they're going to stay in contact."
Deprill has said one of the main motivators to find her biological mother is to learn more about her medical history. She said on Monday, her mom answered all medical questions she could to help her.
I have always thought it was best to withhold judgment until I had the whole story, and even then, who really am I to judge at all? Am I her? Am I God? Remember as you judge, so shall YOU be judged. Try to be merciful people. This 17 year girl did not murder her baby, she left her in a place to be found so that she could be adopted and raised by loving parents.