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Posted on: January 2, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Sold as a baby, Butte native finally locates family

SPOKANE -- In a search that spanned most of her life, Heather Livergood has found where she came from. And this Christmas she has the gift of family, including two brothers she never knew.

The Coeur d’Alene woman was sold as a newborn for $100 – one of possibly dozens of babies whose fates were orchestrated by Gertrude Pitkanen, a notorious Montana abortionist and midwife who arranged black market adoptions.

Few of those children had any clue as to whom their birth parents were. Livergood, 68, also had little to go on. But she had a couple of hints, including her mother’s name, Violet.

Read the full story in The Montana Standard.
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