Patrons and fast food workers at a Burger Kingheardcrying coming from the bathroom. When a worker decided to investigate, they found a tiny baby girl tucked under the sink.
It was September 15, 1986, and Katheryn Deprill was just hours old when her mother made the decision to leave her in the fast food restaurant’s bathroom stall.
But Deprill’s story has a happy ending, much like Halle Burke, who was left in a fire station and adopted by loving parents. She would go on to be adopted by supportive parents, eventually becoming an EMT and a mother of three.
Yet, there was always a part of her that was missing: the knowledge of where she came from. She never resented her birth mother, though she always wondered what happened.
I cant imagine what she had to go through, Katherynsaid, in a 2014 interview. She could have been in a very abusive relationship. There are so many things that could have been, and you dont know until you walk a mile in her shoes.
On September 15, 1986,Katheryn Deprill’s biological mother walked into a Burger King bathroom and abandoned her. The baby was only a few hours old.
Patrons began to hear the cries of a baby, and Deprill was quickly discovered underneath the sink by fast-food workers. She was wrapped in nothing but a red sweater. The mystery of the “Burger King Baby” made national news.
What kind of mother would do this? That was the question on everyone’s minds. It would take Deprill27 years to learn the answer.
Deprillwould later be adopted by Brenda and Carl Hollis. It wasn’t until she was 12 years old and working on a family-tree project for school that her parents toldher she was adopted.
They handed her a photo album with newspaper clippings and baby photos.
“You just wonder where you come from,Deprill said. I would never want to replace my adopted family, but being adopted, a part of you is missing and unless youve been adopted, you really just dont understand that.
In 2014, when Katheryn was 27 years old,she went on Facebook and posted this photo of herself holding up a sign that read:
“Looking for my birth mother. She gave birth to me September 15th 1986. She abandoned me in the Burger King bathroom only hours old, Allentown PA.Please help me find her by sharing my post. Maybe she will see this. Thank you.
After just two weeks, Deprill’s biological mother, Cathy Pochek, contacted her. So what happened all those years ago that brought Pochekto a Burger King bathroom?
When shewas 16, Pochek was raped while traveling abroad with her family. Ashamed of her pregnancy, she hid it from her parents and everyone she knew. She secretly gave birth in her own bedroom, then hours later walked into that Burger King bathroom and left the baby there.
Deprill said sheunderstands why. “She left me somewhere she knew I’d be found,” shesaid. “She did not want to throw me away.”
Pochekknows that she will be judged, but she believes it is worth it if she can convince another mother to do things a little bit differently.
“If we can help some other girl who is in the situation that I was in, its worth a little bit of judgment that people might bring upon us. If its just one girl that we can help, its worth it,” Pocheksaid.
So what kind of mother would do this? It seems a young, frightened one, but who stillwanted the best for her baby.
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