A woman abandoned as a baby in 1991 found her birth mother through Facebook using only a newborn photo of herself that aired on news stations in 1991, and a toddler’s shirt and bootie string found with her at birth.
ABC 8 reports that Jamie Smith, known in 1991 only as a “Baby Jane,” was found abandoned inside a car shortly after her mother gave birth to her. Authorities placed her with a foster care agency and she was eventually adopted by a loving family, but for years, she’s been trying to find her birth mother. She submitted her DNA through the site “23 and Me,” and posted the only photo she had of herself as a newborn on Facebook. Her biological spotted her on the social media site and immediately knew it was her.
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“She said she was scrolling on Facebook one day and one of her friends shared my post,” said Smith. “She says she saw it and she froze. She said, ‘I knew it was you.'”
Smith said that her biological mother submitted her DNA through the “23 and Me,” which confirmed her identity.
“I kind of, like, got riled up for a second and I started to cry a little bit,” Smith said.
Smith explained that her mother said she was a teenager when she gave birth. Scared and desolate, she left Smith inside a car, fearing she had no way to take care of her.
“I don’t feel like I missing family,” said Smith, who lives in Wood County, Ohio. “I don’t feel like I’ve missed out on anything. I’m just curious.”
Smith explained she had a wonderful upbringing and still considers her adoptive parents her “mom and dad.” Yet, she’s relieved to finally meet her biological mother and happy to report they get along well.
“I have a very loving family. I couldn’t have asked for a better one. I’ve run through every scenario in my head, and I just have to hope that this was what was going to be better for me.”
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