She Was Abandoned As A Baby, But A DNA Test Revealed The Truth…
Janet Barnicoat’s adopted parents never hid from her the fact that she was not their biological child. Although, Janet was raised in a loving home she still needed to find out who she was and where she came from. It was not until her parents shared an old paper clipping when she was a teen that she learned how she came to be adopted.
Barnicoat had been left closed to a dumpster tucked inside a grocery bag in Lawndale, California in 1981. Instead of getting answers this revelation left Barnicoat angry and confused. “I got really mad and angry (at my birth mother), and I held onto that for quite a long time,” the mother of five kids herself told ABC News’ 20/20. “You put me next to a dumpster. It was tearing me up inside.”
Still the 35-year-old needed to find out if she had siblings or what her biological family looked like. Being a mom to five kids didn’t help her understand how her own mother could just abandon her. That is when she decided to search for more answers.
Barnicoat was discovered by this woman, Joann Hauser who was riding her bike one day.
Barnicoat went on Facebook to find this woman. They met in 2013 but the good samaritan could offer no clues aside from being the person who found Barnicoat telling her "I was naked and umbilical cord was still attached. I wasn't crying, more of like a whimper. And she just grabbed me and took me home and wrapped me in a blanket and called 911."
Still, she didn't give up her search. Barnicoat submitted a saliva swab to Ancestry.com where she found a match almost instantly.
"I was checking my email, and it said that I had a possible DNA match. It said that, 'You have a DNA match, close family," says Barnicoat.
Her match was Dean Hundorf, her half-brother who lives in Lacrosse, Wisconsin.
Hundorf flew to California to meet his sister on November, 2014. Hundorf was abandoned days before Christmas in 1986, left in front of a family's doorsteps. "I said, 'I was abandoned at birth, and I don't have any information about any of my family.' And then that's when she said, well, you know, the same thing had happened to her," explains the 29-year-old.
Genetic genealogist CeCe Moore got involved in the case and decided to help the two siblings find their birth parents.
What they found was another half-sibling, Julie Hutchison. She was abandoned at a market on January, 1985. "I just want to know, you know, like how was their life growing up adopted? Did they have the same thoughts, you know, as I did growing up, like, 'Who was my mom? Who was my dad?" says Hutchinson.
The three siblings were abandoned within the first hours of birth, placed in grocery bags, naked, and wrapped in a blanket.
The trio have met each other and feel like they are the pieces of the puzzles missing from their lives.
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