Woman Finds Mom Who Abandoned Her at Burger King 27 Years Ago

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 26, 2014   |   10:17AM   |   Washington, DC

Earlier this year, LifeNews covered the touching story of a Pennsylvania woman searching for her mother.

Katheryn Deprill was looking for her birth mother. No, she’s not an infant child whose mother recently left her someplace. Instead, she’s a 27-year-old whose mother left her at a Burger King not long after her birth. She was eventually adopted by a loving family and says she had a great childhood and has a good life.

deprillBut, Deprill wanted to know if her mother is out there somewhere or even a brother or sister. Her picture of herself holding a piece of paper thanking her Mom for giving her life went going viral on Facebook.

All that publicity she received and national attention was not for nothing. She found her mom. Here’s the update:

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.

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.”