An alleged abusive mother told her 17-year-old daughter that her baby died shortly after birth. Almost 30 years later, Tina Bejarano took a DNA genealogy test to learn about her heritage, but ended up learning that the baby she thought had passed away was alive and well in New Jersey.
FOX 26 News reports that Bejarano, of Las Banos, California, said she was raised by her stepfather and her mother in an abusive home. She said she grew up mostly estranged from her family, but when she got pregnant as a teen, her mother stepped in.
At first, according to Bejarano, her mother told her she couldn’t keep the baby. Nine months later and the following day after giving birth, Bejarano’s mother gave her devastating news.
“The next day, she comes back to tell me, ‘The baby died 15 minutes after it was born. It never made it. It was sick.”
Bejarano’s mother apparently lied.
The baby, Kristin, was adopted five days after birth and raised by a family in Las Vegas. Kristin, too, took a genealogy test and realized Berjarano was his birth mother. The email she received from her son shocked her.
“I think we need to talk, it says we’re related, and it says you’re my mom.”
Bejarano said she would celebrate Kristin’s birthday, every single year, for nearly 30 years. She eventually married her high school sweetheart and had five children with him, but her firstborn never left her mind.
“It was a hard time every year,” she said. “I would get depressed. I would cry all the time.”
Bejarano contacted Kristin back and the pair have been in constant contact since. Bejarano learned that her son transitioned into a male and now has a wife and a daughter of his own.
“I don’t care. I don’t care if he’s in transition. I don’t care if he hasn’t transitioned,” Bejarano told FOX 26. “I don’t care. That’s my kid.”
Bejarano’s husband is not Kristin’s biological father but said he sees Kristin as one of his own.
The families plan to see each other face to face in November, when Kristin, along with his wife and daughter, take a trip to California. There’s been no word yet whether any criminal charges are pending.
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