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Old 12-06-2018, 08:18 AM
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Woman reunites with daughter she thought had died at birth nearly 70 years ago

I don't even know how to handle this. Especially that the daughter was abused.

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Genevieve Purinton says she was told that her daughter died shortly after birth in 1949.

"I asked to see the baby and they said she died, that’s all I remember," said Purinton, now 88.

But it turned out that daughter, Connie Moultroup, 69, was adopted and lived most of her life not knowing her biological mother.

On Dec. 3, the two reunited after a journey that began with an "Ancestry" DNA testing kit, a gift Moultroup received from her own daughter last Christmas.

Now a great-grandmother, Purinton and Moultroup finally locked eyes at the elder's home in the Haley Park Apartments retirement community in Tampa, Florida. Genevieve Purinton and her daughter, Connie Moultroup, were reunited through an Ancestry DNA test.Courtesy of Connie Moultroup When her daughter was born in Gary, Indiana nearly 70 years ago, Purinton said, "I asked to see the baby, and they said she died — that's all I remember."

The little girl grew up in Southern California, and her adoptive mother died when she was 5, daughter Bonnie Chase said. Moultroup's new stepmother was abusive, the daughter said.

"She would fantasize about her mother rescuing her since she was 5-years-old," Chase, 50, said. "It's truly her life-long dream."

Moultroup is now a massage therapist from Richmond, Vermont. During last year's holiday season her daughter, Chase, bought her that DNA kit but also used one to test her own genes.

"It was just a cool Christmas present and it has completely changed our lives," Chase, an insurance agent based in Stowe, Vermont said.

Chase's own results led her to a few cousins who told her about Purinton, a woman who would end up being a long-lost grandmother. Purinton and Moultroup spoke for the first time on the phone Sept. 8, Moultroup said.


The phone rang after Purinton received a card in the mail with Moultroup's number. "It took her a while to call but she finally called," Moultroup said.

When Purinton called, Moultroup remembered her saying, "I think I’m your mother."

"You could’ve heard a pin drop," Moultroup recalled. "I said, 'Oh my God.'"

"She wanted to remember if I knew my original name, Margaret Ann Mitch," Moultroup said. She said she did remember.

"We’re thrilled that Ancestry was able to play a part in helping to connect Genevieve Purinton with her daughter after 69 years," Jasmin Jimenez, a spokeswoman for AncestryDNA, said via email. "We wish her and her family the best, and that this is only the beginning of an enduring relationship."

The revelation has rocked the family, Chase said.

"We’re criers," she said. "We just cry a lot. There were a lot of tears and there’s been a lot of tears the entire time since then. It’s been really amazing."
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Something is amiss when your baby just dies and that’s the end of it.
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Seriously, the baby "dies" and then magically gets adopted. Something seems off here
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Originally Posted by 97BlackAckCL View Post
Seriously, the baby "dies" and then magically gets adopted. Something seems off here
I have seen enough stories of babies being switched both intentionally and unintentionally that it doesn’t seem impossible 70 years ago.

Today’s neonatal care units have very stringent procedures to prevent these errors.
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Originally Posted by svtmike View Post
I have seen enough stories of babies being switched both intentionally and unintentionally that it doesn’t seem impossible 70 years ago.
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Mike's right. My younger daughter is 10 years old and back when she was born we were tagged and bagged constantly. I imagine now it's even more stringent as it should be.
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None of that explains the mother not trying to find a body to bury though.
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None of that explains the mother not trying to find a body to bury though.
Maybe the hospital had her all gooped up on gop? Health care and especially women’s health care wasn’t what you see today.

Wasn’t that long ago girls were just being sent away to have their children outside of marriage.
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I can imagine some crazy shit happening. The mother's response still seems amiss to me.
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Crazy story...

I can see the original mother in 1949 being grief struck and just trying to move on.
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Dark turn...she didn't want the baby. I see no comment from the institution as it would be pretty irrelevant to ask.
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Crazy story...

I can see the original mother in 1949 being grief struck and just trying to move on.
And not wanting to bury her kid?
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Originally Posted by 97BlackAckCL View Post
And not wanting to bury her kid?
I dunno, mang. Maybe the hospital told her some BS about medical waste, or that it would be too painful and they would handle, or it would get used for research, etc...

Clearly, the hospital had no problem lying to her!

Also, I note that there is no mention of dad in the story. A baby born out of wedlock in 1949 was embarrassing and perhaps shameful to start with.
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