Green Country Woman Abandoned In Phone Booth At Birth Looking For Parents

Friday, May 16th 2014, 7:32 pm
By: News On 6

A Green Country woman is searching for her biological family, but she has no idea who they are, because she was abandoned inside a Tulsa phone booth when she was only a few hours old.

It wasn't until Amy Cox was 18 years old that she learned she was abandoned her in a phone booth at the Tulsa fairgrounds after she was born.

That phone booth isn't there anymore and this is all Amy knows about her history.

The six pound, nine ounce baby girl being left in the phone booth on June 12, 1978, was big news.

News on 6 has footage that aired after a woman called the sheriff's office and said they would find a baby in the booth. When they arrived, they found her with her umbilical cord tied with a twist tie from a bread sack. She was between one and four hours old.

"They called me Maybelle. They said that was the name they gave me because I was found in the MaBell telephone booth," Cox said.

DHS put her up for adoption six months later and a family took her immediately.

Cox's husband recently put together a memory book of her childhood.

"These are the first pictures of me. They start when I was six months old, because they didn't get me until I was six month old," she said.

She always knew she was adopted and wondered about her biological parents, but, her search didn't begin in earnest until she learned she'd been abandoned.

"I don't know what the situation was, but obviously somebody didn't want me there, so it wouldn't have been a safe environment for me, so I'm thankful. I haven't had a bad life, I'm just ready to meet them now, you know," she said.

In addition to all the other reasons, Cox would like to find her family so she'll know her medical history and share it with her three daughters. Giving birth to her own children was an overwhelming feeling for her.

"More than just the normal first mother stuff. She was my first blood relative, the first person to look like me and carry my traits and she does, she's my mini me," she said.

She had one woman claim to be her mother, but, DNA tests were negative. Some women thought they were sisters, but, that test was negative too.

Until Cox gets answers, the front page of her memory book will remain blank.

Despite the missteps, she said if anyone comes forward, she's willing to take a DNA test, and hopefully put the missing pieces of her life together.