Half-Sisters Abandoned as Newborns at Separate Times Meet Birth Fathers for First Time

ABC News(NEW YORK) --  Celebrating a birthday or an anniversary with brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers is something many families share together every year.

But it's something Janet Barnicoat, her half-sister Julie and their half-brother Dean Hundorf, had never done together until now.

All three siblings have the same mother, who abandoned each of them shortly after they were born. They were able to connect the dots to each other before they found their birth parents.

With the help of genetic genealogist CeCe Moore and ABC News' "20/20," the siblings were able to meet their mother Joann Hauser for the first time recently. Then their mother was able to share the names of the men who she said fathered them.

"I've got to give her some kudos," Moore told "20/20." "She gave us the right names for two of the fathers. Even if she made a lot of bad choices, she's making good ones now."

Barnicoat, 34, and the oldest of the three, was the first one to connect with her birth father. After Hauser gave them the name Kent Warner, Moore was able to track down a phone number for him and helped Barnicoat through the difficult and emotional phone call when they first spoke.

"My wife told me that you had called and that there's a possibility I'm your father," Warner told Barnicoat.

"Yes, you may be my father," Barnicoat told him.

When Barnicoat asked Warner if he had been with a woman named Joann in the early '80s, Warner said "yes." When Barnicoat revealed Joann was her mother, Warner was shocked.

"I'm just trying to take this all in ... I'm dumbfounded. I don't know what to say," he said. "I always wanted a little girl my whole life."

A few days after that phone call, father and daughter met for the first time. Warner even got to meet Barnicoat's children, the grandchildren he never knew he had.

"I love you like my little girl. You are a big girl now," he told her.

 Barnicoat's half-sister Julie Hutchison, now 31, also was able to connect to her biological father, Bobby.

When they met, Bobby pulled out a photo of his mother and the resemblance between her and Hutchison was striking.

"It's scary how much I look like her," Hutchison said.

As for Dean, Joann gave him what she said was his father's name -- but so far, he can't locate him, but the three siblings are set on moving forward and building new memories together.

"It has been a crazy journey that we started on and I am so glad that we are finally here ... and the huge family that we have acquired, 'cause I love it," Barnicoat said.

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Officials break ground on new park honoring the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing

Officials break ground on new park honoring the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombingSeanPavonePhoto/iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Officials broke ground in Boston Wednesday for a new park dedicated to Martin Richard, the youngest victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Martin was 8 years old when he killed on April 15, 2013, as he watched the marathon from near the finish line with his family. His mother was gravely injured, and his sister, who was 7 at the time,
lost a leg.

Photos from Wednesday's ceremonial groundbreaking show children in hard hats using shovels to dig dirt. Martin's Park, located next to the Boston Children's Museum at the Smith Family Waterfront,
is expected to open in the fall of 2018, according to a press release from the office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

"This park will bring light & hope to that darkness, honoring his memory & allowing kids to be kids," Baker wrote on Twitter.

#MartinRichard lost his life to terror. This park will bring light & hope to that darkness, honoring his memory & allowing kids to be kids. pic.twitter.com/lYUTMyZNxV

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) August 16, 2017

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh wrote on Twitter that the park will remind its visitors of "hope, compassion & love."

"Martin's spirit will always live on in Boston & in Martin's Park," Walsh wrote.

This park reminds us of hope, compassion & love a young boy taught us all. Martin's spirit will always live on in Boston & in Martin's Park. pic.twitter.com/w6Plokx6D7

— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) August 16, 2017

Both Baker and Walsh spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony, as well as Martin's family.

Martin's sister, Jane Richard, said she knows that her brother is happy that the community is coming together.

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