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Woman Tries To Find Rescuer After She Was Abandoned in Dumpster as a Baby

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In June, a woman named Amanda Jo Jones saw a story that stopped her in her tracks. A newborn, still bloody, had been tossed into a bag and hidden in the woods like litter in Georgia.

Fortunately, the baby was discovered before anything worse happened, and according to WZZM-13, her high-profile story drew many potential adoptive families. Amanda Jones was drawn in, too.

“I saw that baby on TV and wished I could adopt her,” she told Yahoo Lifestyle. “One less child would grow up feeling abandoned.”

There was another reason Jones found the story so compelling: She herself had been abandoned as an infant in 1983, placed in a dumpster like garbage in a business mall in Atlanta, Georgia. She’s come a long way since then, thanks to some unknown good Samaritan(s) who found her and ensured she was safe.

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Her story was on the news, too, and the newspaper clippings were really the only lead she had to decoding her past.

Jones was originally named Jan Winter, for the month and season she was found, by nurses at Northside Hospital. She was then reportedly named Crystal Alicia Fairchild by a set of foster parents who watched over her for the first three months, and then she was adopted by Kay and Wayne, who also adopted another daughter, Stephanie.

“My mom read me a book called ‘The Adopted Family’ and she shared bits of information,” Jones said. “I kept asking questions and by the time I was 6, I understood that my mom didn’t birth me.”

Now 36 and married with kids, Jones is looking for more answers. Earlier in 2019, she took DNA tests to try to find more blood relatives but ultimately hit a wall. In a comment on Facebook, she wrote that she “decided to respect the privacy of those involved who wish not to communicate.”

“I still forgive them and hope some day that they reach out to me and heal from all the secrets and pain,” she admitted. “I cannot imagine how carrying a 36-year-old big secret affects someone mentally and physically.”

In the meantime, she’s trying to find the person or people who rescued her from that dumpster nearly 40 years ago, and she’s circulating a Facebook post in hopes of finding someone who knows something.

“Hi! My name is Amanda Jones,” her post begins. “I am trying to find the person/people who potentially saved my life.”

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“I was abandoned as an infant at the Prado Business Mall at 5600 Roswell Rd (in Atlanta/Sandy Springs, GA) in January of 1983. If you have any information, please contact me at or on FaceBook. Thank You!!!”

“I want to thank whoever found me because they changed so many lives by being in the right place at the right time,” she told Yahoo Lifestyle. “I would like a first-hand account of what happened because it would brighten my life. I’m hoping one person reads this and says, ‘Oh my gosh, there she is!'”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
Languages Spoken
English und ein bißchen Deutsch
Topics of Expertise
Faith, Animals, Cooking