‘Burger King baby’ now seeks birth mom on Facebook

    In 1986, a newborn wrapped in a red sweater was found abandoned in the bathroom of a fast-food restaurant in Pennsylvania. Nearly three decades later, the baby is all grown up and looking for her biological mother — and tens of thousands of people are trying to help.

    Twenty-seven-year-old Katheryn Deprill began her quest on March 2 by posting a photo on Facebook. The photo shows Deprill holding up a sign that says, “Looking for my birth mother … She abandoned me in the Burger King bathroom only hours old, Allentown PA. Please help me find her by sharing my post.”

    A week later, Deprill’s photo has been shared nearly 27,000 times by Facebook users.

    Deprill says she wants to thank her biological mother for “not throwing me away.”

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