‘Burger King Baby’ Reunited With Mother After 27 Years


A story like no other: a woman, abandoned as a baby at Burger King set out on a search to find her birth mother from years before.

Katheryn Deprill of South Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania was found as a newborn in the bathroom of a Burger King in Allentown on September 15, 1986.

“Someone had heard me crying and they notified the staff and they came in, I was laying there on the floor,” Katheryn said. She was put into foster care with Brenda Hollis’ family who ended up adopting her.

Using Facebook, Deprill sent out a plea for help in hopes of finding her mother. Within days, the plea had been shared over 6,000 times. Katheryn, who is now married with three sons, says she initiated the search to answer some questions.

“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,” Katheryn 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.”

She says she’d like to find her biological mother for a number of reasons, including learning her medical history. She has no hard feelings against her biological mother; she just wants to see where she came from.

A few weeks later the two women met, finally officially meeting face-to-face, after all these years. Katheryn and her biological mother, Cathy Pochek, reunited in an attorney’s office.

While telling the “Today Show” about the first time they met, Cathy and Katheryn both teared up, recalling that joyful day.

“It’s so surreal; never in a million years did I think this was going to happen,” Deprill told “Daily News”.

The women cried as they expressed how grateful they are for having each other now in their lives.

While some people may look down on Pochek’s decision so many years ago, she said she hopes coming forward with her story of fear and misdirection can make a difference for somebody else.

“The way I look at it, if we can help some other girl that was in situation I was in, it’s worth a little bit of judgment that people bring upon us, even if it’s just one girl we can help,” Pochek said to “Daily News”.