Girl Given to the Wrong Mom at Birth Is Glad It Happened

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First we heard from Callie Johnson, one of two newborn girls who were switched at birth back in 1995. Callie, now 18, still lives with her non-biological mother, who, as far as she is concerned, is her mom and her best friend. Tragic as it was that Callie never got to know her bio parents, Kevin and Whitney Chittum, who died in a car crash just as the hospital mix-up was discovered, she is happy, healthy, and grateful for the mom she has. Now the other girl, Rebecca Chittum Conley, is speaking out. At 3 years old, Rebecca lost the only parents she had known, the ones she was mistakenly given to, when they died in a tragic car accident. A judge ruled that Rebecca should stay with the Chittum family rather than be given back to her bio mom, Paula Johnson. And her story is just as unbelievably incredible!

After it was ruled that Rebecca should stay with the Chittum family, her biological mom, Paula, began visiting Rebecca after her attempts at getting her back failed. Meanwhile, Rebecca's bio father, Carlton Conley, also wanted to forge a relationship with his real daughter. He was no longer with Paula -- in fact, it was his demand for a paternity test that sparked the realization that Callie wasn't really theirs -- but he began visiting Rebecca.

Incredibly, he also began falling in love with Rebecca's aunt, Pam, who was her bio mom Whitney's sister and who was helping to raise Rebecca. The two eventually married. So now Rebecca lives with her biological father and her aunt/stepmom, Pam.

You couldn't make this stuff up, I'm telling you!

Rebecca says she has no desire to get to know Paula, her bio mom. She told the Daily Mail:

I am very thankful for the life I have. I would not go back and change a single second of it ... I am very happy I was switched at birth because I love the family I am with and if that didn’t happen then I wouldn’t know them.

On her Facebook page, she wrote:

I love my mom to death. You eventually find out that it’s the people who love and who take care of you, not necessarily the ones who give birth to you. Love you mom.

Wow. It's strange that Rebecca has no desire to get to know her bio mother -- but it sounds like she is where she wants to be. Perhaps these two girls weren't so much given to the wrong parents, but born to the wrong ones.

Do you think that it was fate that they were switched?

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nonmember avatar Jessica

I was just thinking about this case the other day and wondering whatever happened to these girls!

worki... workingmama86

I just can't understand why this girl doesn't want to get to know her bio mom... it's not like her bio mom purposely abandoned her. 

It's great she at least got back to her dad eventually, but I'm sort of hurt for her mom. 

nonmember avatar mummyof2

what is this girl talking about the day she has children she will eat those words my heart aches for the mom the girl says it'd the people who take care of you that mother was robbed of her right to hold console and provide for her child i couldn't imagine what she must be feeling it sounds to me the girl is being manipulated and influenced by others dare i even say brain washed you would think the dad would be pushing to reunite them but people only think of themselves and not the needs of others im sure over the next 10 years we will .br hearing a different story

Amy Adams

To be that is weird she wants to know her real father but not mother...purhaps the father lead the girl into thinking his ex was not worthy.

lisajo76 lisajo76

It wasn't fate, it was a mistake made by human beings. The bio mother was robbed of her chance to have and raise her own child. Luckily the girl was happy and healthy where she was, but it would seriously suck to know one of your children didn't care to know you at all.

retir... retirednavywife

I feel bad for the bio mom.  She really doesn't want to know her??  I think there was something said by the bio dad and the aunt/stepmom to make her feel that way.  She wasn't given away.  She was switched and I hope she'll never have to feel the pain of one of her children say they wish she never had them.

Anoth... AnotherKim

Wow. What a stab to a birth mother's heart. Wonder what kind of crap the father put in her head.

nonmember avatar mary

Who is Whitney? This is a confusing article. I smell parental alienation here. This young lady didn't come to her position of not wanting to meet her mother, on her own. Very sad.

Bobbie Scherzer

I think the girl should be with the ones she considers family.  Just because you push a baby out of you doesn't mean you're a mom.  If she is happy with her bio dad and stepmom, so be it.  Our opinions on it are irrvelent and do not matter.  If she wants to build a relationship with her bio mom she will, but pushing her to do it is going to make her retreat more.

Melissa Orruego

Yes, pushing a baby out DOES make you a mom, and that child wouldn't exist withought you! It doesn't make you a good mom, but it seems that this woman is a good mother due the comments the other girl made about her. It is sad that she doesn't want to know the woman who pushed her out into this world. She did not abandon her she had her stolen from her, and I think that she should stay with her "adoptive" family under the circumstances but she should get to know her bio mom too.


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