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South Whitehall Township woman searching for birth mother on Facebook

Katheryn Deprill seeks the mother who left her in a Burger King bathroom as an infant

Woman searching for birth mother on Facebook

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A South Whitehall Township woman is on a mission to find her birth mother.

In this day and age, social media is a good place to start and that's just what Katheryn Deprill is doing.

"It looks like so far there's 2,000 shares and I've seen people shared it in Mexico," she told 69 News of the picture she posted on Facebook, which has now been shared many more times.

The picture is of Deprill holding a sign that says she is searching for her birth mother and asking others to share the post to help spread the word.

Deprill made headlines 27 years ago when she was found as a newborn, abandoned in a bathroom in an Allentown Burger King. She's now sharing her story in hopes of finding the mother who left her there.

"I feel like there's a piece of me missing," she said.

On Sept. 15, 1986, Katheryn was found as a newborn in the bathroom of a Burger King on South 4th Street in Allentown.

"Someone had heard me crying and they notified the staff and they came in. I was laying there on the floor," Deprill explained.

She was put into foster care with Brenda Hollis' family, who ended up adopting her.

"I'm not looking to replace my brothers and sisters now or my family, my mom and dad, 'cause it was great, we had the best childhood," said Deprill.

Her adoptive mother, Brenda Hollis, said, "I think it's just kind of fun, like there's so many questions to be asked and it's just, I am so excited about it."

Deprill is now 27 and married with three sons. She said she would like to find her biological mother for a number of reasons, including learning her medical history.

"I really want to see her and just ask her why and see if I have any brothers and sisters and anyone that looks like me," she said.

She has a message for her birth mother.

"We're not coming after you for anything. We're not angry. I just want to see you. I want to say thank you for not throwing me away, literally," said Deprill.

"I came to realize, especially now being a mother, it's very hard, things are very expensive and I would guess she just couldn't give me the life that she wanted, which is why she left me in a warm, public place," Deprill added.

Hollis said, "If she's a young girl, was a young girl, I would hope that we could be friends, that she could be a friend to her."

Deprill added, "I just hope that I can see her and maybe give her a hug."

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