Couple adopts baby they found abandoned in the subway


Playwright Peter Mercurio had some first-hand inspiration for his new screenplay Found.

In a piece for the New York Times, Peter recounts a day in August, 2000 when his partner Danny Stewart, a social worker he married last July, called with some startling information. “I found a baby!” he exclaimed “I called 911, but I don’t think they believed me. No one’s coming. I don’t want to leave the baby alone. Get down here and flag down a police car or something.”

The baby was wrapped in a black sweatshirt, and was hidden behind the turnstiles. It was probably a day old with Danny found it. Peter rushed to the station to be with Danny and the child until it was taken by authorities to be put in foster care.

Three months later Danny was called to testify about finding the baby, and their lives changes forever when the judge asked Danny if he wanted to adopt the baby. When Danny said “yes” almost automatically Peter at first got upset, thinking “Are you insane? How could you say yes without consulting me?”

Peter got over this initial shock and fear, and when they went to see the baby at his foster home, Peter fell in love: “with the baby’s eyes staring up at me, and all the innocence and hope he represented, I, like Danny, was completely hooked.”

When they decided to get married last year, 12 years later, they reunited with the judge who asked if they wanted to adopt their son Kevin, at Kevin’s suggestion.

When she finally met Kevin, he gave out his hand, but she asked for a hug instead, and spent a while learning about Kevin’s interests, hobbies, and friends.

When we finally remembered the purpose of the visit, and Danny and I moved into position to exchange vows, I reflected on the improbable circumstances that delivered all of us to this moment. We weren’t supposed to be there, two men, with a son we had never dreamed of by our side, getting married by a woman who changed and enriched our lives more than she would ever know.

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    • Caty C.P. :)

      Awww right back atcha, Jeff, for your adorable avatar! I would totally cuddle that kitteh! 😉

      • jeff

        Thank you! That’s my now grown up exotic shorthair Griffin :) he was the fattest little porkchop when he was a baby.

  • anjealka

    Glad the child got adopted. It must have been meant to be. The story just makes adoption seem so easy? I know so many couples waiting years after lengthy expensive home studies that are manditory in almost every state. I’m just shocked that NY doesn’t have the same strict rules for permanent adoption as other states, or maybe the judge can over rule it?

    • SomePeople

      If you read the original article from the New York Times, it shows that it was a little more difficult than it seems

      “The caseworker told us that the process, which included an extensive home study and parenting classes, could take up to nine months…”.

      It was also most likely a little easier because the birth parent gave up parental rights by abandoning the child under 30 days of age.

  • LexiconD1

    It’s stories like this that make my black heart melt. We need more of them in the world right now!!!

    Congratulations to everyone, especially Kevin. You’ve found peace in this world.

  • Sam

    This article was poorly written. I was so confused as to why a baby adopted last August was telling a judge about his hobbies. I had to open the initial article which starts out with “our story began 12 years ago…” Made MUCH more sense. That aside this is a very sweet story.

    • starcasmnet

      Sorry, the year 2000 somehow got erased, but it’s been added back in. Without it doesn’t make sense.

  • SomePeople

    Thank God that the baby is safe and adopted into a loving home. But it’s honestly just terrible that the child was left in the subway like that! New York State’s Abandoned Infant Protection Act allows a parent to abandon a newborn baby up to 30 days of age anonymously and without fear of prosecution — if the baby is abandoned in a safe manner.

    A parent is not guilty of a crime if the infant is left with an appropriate person or in a suitable location and the parent promptly notifies an appropriate person of the infant’s location. A hospital, staffed police or fire station are examples of safe and suitable choices.A person leaving an infant under this law is not required to give his or her name..

    Luckily this little boy was safe and is now cared for.

  • Caty C.P. :)

    I seriously cried at this story. What a lucky baby, and a sweet couple. Beautiful <3<3

    I live in Massachusetts, and was SO relieved when they implemented a Safe Haven law here. Most police, fire, and ambulance stations will accept a newborn baby, with no repercussions for the parent(s). This was following an incident where a child was left outside a church rectory, and tragically froze to death before being found. If the Safe Haven law protects even one child from dying, then I am so very glad we have it.