Glenwood woman searches for birth mom who abandoned her
HELP WITH SEARCH
Anyone who has information that might help Andrea Klug-Napier find her birth mother can send it via email to Babygirlbeachinfo@gmail.com.
A Glenwood Springs woman’s search for her birth mother has generated a fair amount of attention in the week since she first posted a photo on Facebook telling her unique story.
On Sept. 12, with the encouragement of some friends, Andrea Klug-Napier took the first step to try to find the woman she has known only by a made-up name, “Amy Dee Beach.” “Beach” walked out of an Idaho hospital, abandoning her baby, and has never been found.
Klug-Napier, 28, posted a photo of herself holding a poster giving the basic details of her story, and asked people to like and share it.
By Friday, Klug-Napier’s post had been shared by more than 2,025 Facebook viewers, and her story had been reported by several television news stations in Denver and Idaho.
She was also in contact with ABC’s “20/20” about a feature-length interview telling all about her search.
“It’s been amazing,” Klug-Napier, who works as a medical assistant for a dermatologist in Glenwood Springs, said Friday afternoon.
“I posted it Saturday night, and by Sunday I already had 600 shares and people messaging me about different places that could help my search,” she said.
She has gotten a few leads, but so far is mostly working to expand her search while serving as inspiration for others who might also be searching for parents or other family members.
“I’ve been getting a hundred emails a day from people telling their stories,” Klug-Napier said.
Her own story goes like this:
On April 30, 1987, Ms. “Beach” entered Kootenai Hospital in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and gave birth to a healthy baby girl weighing 6 pounds, 9 ounces.
Twelve hours later, nurses came to check on the new mother only to find she had disappeared from the hospital, leaving her newborn daughter behind.
The story was chronicled at the time in the Spokane, Washington, Spokesman Review newspaper, which explained that the baby was given the name “Baby Girl Beach” by police and hospital officials as they began an investigation into the mother’s whereabouts.
It was soon determined that the mother’s name was fake, though she had listed her age as 33 and said she was from the San Diego, California, area. She also indicated that she had one child previously.
After six weeks in foster care, “Baby Girl Beach” was adopted by Bev Klug and Joe Napier of Pocatello, Idaho.
They divorced when she was younger, and Andrea moved with her dad from Idaho to Glenwood Springs 13 years ago. She graduated from Glenwood Springs High School and went to Colorado Mountain College.
She said her parents were always very loving and supportive, and let her know early in life that she was adopted.
“When I was 16 we drove up to Idaho to find out the story of what actually happened, and I got to talk to some of the nurses who were still at the hospital and remembered when I was born,” Klug-Napier said.
“I thought it was a pretty cool story, and I’ve never been upset about it or anything,” she said. “But I am interested in learning about my history.”
Her dad died three years ago, and her mother is a college professor in Pocatello.
Klug-Napier said she has always wanted to eventually try to track down her birth mother. Now that she’s older and would like to settle down and start her own family someday, she decided it was time.
It would be nice to know some family medical history before becoming a parent, she noted.
Klug-Napier said she doesn’t want to press it if her birth mother does learn of her search and doesn’t want to reach out.
“If for any reason she doesn’t want to contact me, I 100 percent understand that,” she said. “I just thought I should try.”
If the mother does make contact, “I just think it would be nice to talk and get to know some things about her, and to thank her for going to the hospital and let her know what a great life I’ve had,” Klug-Napier said.
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