Facebook reunites 'Burger King Baby' with mother after 27 years

A massive crowdsourcing campaign on the social network leads Katheryn Deprill to her biological mother who abandoned her as an hours-old infant in a fast-food restaurant.

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Twenty-seven years ago Katheryn Deprill was left in a Burger King restaurant in Allentown, Penn., just hours after she was born. She became known as the "Burger King Baby" and never knew who her biological mother was... until this week.

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Photo that Katheryn Deprill posted to her Facebook page. Katheryn Deprill

After a massive crowdsourcing campaign on Facebook, which saw Deprill's page get shared more than 30,000 times, the woman was recognized by her birth mother and finally reunited with her on Monday, according to the Associated Press.

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

Deprill launched the Facebook campaign to find her biological mother on March 2. On the page she created, titled "Katheryn 'Burger King Baby' Deprill," she posted a picture of herself holding a sign that said, "Looking for my birth mother."

Detailing what happened to her in 1986, Deprill wrote, "I was left by my birth mother in the bathroom of an Allentown Burger King."

"I would love to be able to meet her, and hug her," she continued. "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."

After just three weeks of the Facebook campaign, Deprill's biological mother learned that her daughter was looking for her, according to the Associated Press. She set up a meeting with Deprill through a lawyer. During the meeting Deprill learned that her biological mother was raped at age 16, hid the pregnancy from her family, and decided to leave her infant at Burger King. This woman declined to reveal her identity to reporters.

According to the Associated Press, Deprill said she forgave her biological mother and understands why she abandoned her so many years ago.

"I got the hug that I had wanted for the last 27 years, and that broke the ice," Deprill told the Associated Press. "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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Dara Kerr is a staff writer for CNET focused on the sharing economy and tech culture. She grew up in Colorado where she developed an affinity for collecting fool's gold and spirit animals.

 

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