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    In an Oregon courtroom on June 17, 1984, Diane Downs was found guilty of shooting her three children. Days later, she gave birth to a fourth child, a daughter. The baby was secretly driven to a hotel room and turned over to adoptive parents Jackie and Chris Babcock. "Oh, gosh, she was adorable," Jackie Babcock said. "She was the typical little perfect baby." It was the Babcocks' second adoption. They named their new daughter Rebecca. <b>Watch the full story on "20/20" Friday at 10 p.m. ET.</b>
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    Becky Babcock grows up in a beautiful home in Bend, Ore. "We were always hiking, biking, traveling," she told ABC News in a recent interview. "It was very family-oriented as we were growing up. I was taught right from wrong." Becky always knew she was adopted but, at a young age, she started to ask questions.
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    Mom Jackie, adoptive sister Jennie and dad Chris with Becky Babcock, right, at Todd Lake, Ore. Jackie and Chris Babcock knew the mother of their second adoptive child was Diane Downs, who had been convicted of shooting three of her other children, killing one. The Babcocks had followed Downs' trial. They said that they watched their daughter for any signs she could be anything like her birth mother.
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    When Becky Babcock was still in preschool, authorities called her adoptive family with the news that Diane Downs, her mother, had escaped from prison. Jackie Babcock was forced to reveal Becky's secret maternity to a small group of people. "We didn't know what [Downs] would do," Jackie Babcock said. Diane Downs had vowed for years she would get her children back. After a 10-day manhunt, police found Downs in a house not far from the prison.
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    Becky Babcock as a teenager. The secret had came out: Convicted child murderer Diane Downs was her mother. The discovery, said Becky, was devastating. "Throughout my teen years, I was wild," Babcock said. "… I dropped out of high school. I slept around with a lot of people. And I did a lot of harsh drugs. I had no concern for myself."
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    Becky Babcock got pregnant at 17 and gave birth to a son, Christian. Three years later she got pregnant again. At the time she was broke, homeless and living in a women's shelter. This time she decided to put her baby up for adoption. "I couldn't raise another baby and do that to the son I already had," Babcock said. "We picked the most amazing family I could possibly think of."
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    After she gave her second child up for adoption, Becky Babcock felt lost, she said. She began to think about her birth mother, Diane Downs, pictured. Did Downs feel this same emptiness when she gave Becky away? Babcock decided to reach out to Downs in prison. The two traded letters, but before long the warm tone of Downs' letters changed. At one point, Downs wrote: "If you love your little boy, you'll take him far from here." Babcock cut off all contact.
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    Becky Babcock with her son, Christian. Babcock said she realized that, deep down, she is nothing like her mother. She could never imagine hurting a child, she said: "Never. I tried to make myself think about it once. It made me physically sick to think about hurting my child in any way. Mothers are put on this earth to take care of their children. It's our job." Watch the ful story on "20/20" Friday at 10 p.m. ET.
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