A Georgia woman who was abandoned in a dumpster as a baby wants to find and thank the people who rescued her more than 30 years ago.
Amanda Jones told “Good Morning America” that she was left in a dumpster in Atlanta in January 1983. After being found, Jones said she was placed in foster care and later adopted into a loving home.
Now, she wants to thank her rescuers. She recently wrote a post on Facebook asking people to help her find the person or people who discovered her in the dumpster.
“I really want them to know how thankful I am,” she said. “The person who found me is the only person who knows exactly how I was found and I would really like to know exactly how I was found.”
Her post reads: “Hi! My name is Amanda Jones. I am trying to find the person/people who potentially saved my life. I was abandoned as an infant at the Prado Business Mall at 5600 Roswell Rd (in Atlanta/Sandy Springs, GA) in January of 1983. If you have any information, please contact me at [email protected] or on FaceBook. Thank You!!!”
Jones said the police report about her is very old and blurry, so she does not know many details about how she was found. She said she thinks she was discovered by someone from a cleaning crew or pizzeria when they went to throw away trash.
Already, the now 36-year-old woman has connected with a police officer and paramedic who helped to treat her after she was discovered, according to the report.
Here’s more from the report:
A responding police officer Jones has connected with since her Facebook post told Jones she was placed in an incubator for a week.
The police officer told Jones she came to visit her everyday in the hospital.
“That call was very emotional,” Jones said. “I told my parents I woke up the next morning and felt like a 36 year burden had been lifted off my chest because I finally knew part of my story.”
Jones said she identified her birth parents as well after conducting a DNA test; but her birth father did not respond to her letter, and she and her birth mother “have not forged a relationship.”
“I just want to put it out there that my forgiveness is there,” Jones said. “Through my anger I have to remember that she made the best decision for me. Thank goodness she did what she did because who knows what my life would have been had she made different choices.”
All 50 states have safe haven laws to protect babies from abandonment and infanticide. Safe haven laws allow mothers in crisis to leave their newborns in a safe environment, such as a hospital or fire station, without questions or repercussions, as long as there are no signs of abuse.
If you or someone you know would like more information about relinquishing a newborn child, please call 1-866-99BABY1 or 1-888-510-BABY. More information also is available at NationalSafeHavenAlliance.org or SafeHavenLaw.com.