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‘We found a baby on the subway – now he’s our son’

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Be ready for a surge of emotion as you read the BBC report by Lucy Wallis that begins:

It was around eight o’clock on 28 August 2000, just past the frenzy of the New York rush hour when a subway train rattled down the track into 14th Street station, in the Chelsea district of Manhattan. Danny Stewart, 34, was late for dinner with his partner, Pete Mercurio, 32.

The couple had met three years earlier through a friend in Pete’s softball team. Later Danny had moved in with Pete and his flatmate, but on this summer evening he had been back to his sublet apartment in Harlem to pick up the post.

As Danny was hurrying out of the station something caught his eye.

“I noticed on the floor tucked up against the wall, what I thought was a baby doll,” he says.

He was puzzled – why would a child leave a doll on the ground? – but he continued up the stairs to the exit.

“I glanced back one more time, and that’s when I noticed his legs moved.”

He ran back down the stairs and realised that the doll was in fact a baby boy, wrapped in a dark sweatshirt, with his tiny legs sticking out.

“He didn’t have any clothes on, he was just wrapped up in this sweatshirt. His umbilical cord was still partially intact, so I could tell he was a newborn. I was thinking maybe a day or so old,” he says.

Danny could hardly believe what he was seeing. He couldn’t understand how a baby had been left on the floor, or who could have left it.

The little boy was very quiet, and yet also alert, with big, wide eyes.

“He did look up and I stroked his head and then he whimpered a little bit. It seemed really unreal, the whole situation, and at that point I was trying to alert people to what was happening, but I couldn’t get anybody’s attention.”

Danny yelled out, “Please, call the police,” but almost everyone ignored him.

“I did get the attention of one woman, but she didn’t speak English, so she didn’t really understand what I was saying, even when I was trying to point to the baby,” Danny says. “I think she probably thought I may have been a little deranged.”

This was before the time when everyone had a mobile phone and Danny was afraid to pick up the baby in case he was hurt. So Danny ran up the stairs to the street to a payphone and called 911.

“I found a baby,” he blurted out. Then he told the police where he was located and ran back to check the baby was still OK. He waited for what seemed like ages. . .

Continue reading for the whole story.

Written by LeisureGuy

5 April 2021 at 3:00 pm

Posted in Daily life

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