Couple adopted abandoned baby they found on subway platform

Couple who adopted a baby they found abandoned on a NYC subway platform 20 years ago are praised by GMB viewers as they say it felt like it was ‘meant to be’

  • Danny Stewart, now 55, discovered a newborn baby abandoned in Manhattan
  • Judge asked whether Danny would like to adopt the baby at family court hearing 
  • He and partner Pete Mercurio, 52, decided to raise baby who they named Kevin 
  • Kevin is now a 20-year-old college student studying math and computer science 

A couple who raised the abandoned baby they found at a New York train station have been praised by Good Morning Britain viewers for sharing their ‘wonderful’ story. 

Danny Stewart, 55, discovered the newborn on his way to meet his partner, Pete Mercurio, 52 for dinner in Manhattan in 2000, noticing a bundle tucked up against a wall in the 14th Street subway station.  

The couple later decided to raise the baby, who they named Kevin, saying felt like they were ‘given a gift’ and finding the baby abandoned on the platform was ‘meant to be’. 

Viewers were quick to share their praise for the couple, with one calling the segment ‘lovely’ while another said it was great to see such an uplifting story. 

Danny Stewart, 55, discovered an abandoned newborn on his way to meet his partner, Pete Mercurio, 52 for dinner in Manhattan in 2000. The pair are pictured on Good Morning Britain today 

The couple later decided to raise the baby, who they named Kevin. Danny and Pete are pictured with 20-year-old Kevin 

‘It felt like it was meant to be,’ said Danny. ‘It felt like we were given this gift and we had to say “yes”, it was not just an opportunity, it was meant to be’.

Viewers of the show took to Twitter to comment on the story, with one commenting:  ‘What great dudes’.

Another said: ‘Well done @GMB! The account of how Kevin was found and adopted is wonderful. It’s wonderful to see such a positive story.’ 

A third wrote: ‘Omg this is such a lovely story.’

Social worker Danny was running to meet his boyfriend of three years when he noticed what he thought was a baby doll. The family are pictured shortly after adopting Kevin in 2000

Danny tried to visit the baby in hospital but was told that only family was allowed and had no news about the newborn for 12 weeks. The family are pictured shortly after adopting Kevin in 2000

Social worker Danny was running to meet his boyfriend of three years when he noticed what he thought was a baby doll, soon realising that it was a newborn baby wrapped in just a sweatshirt.  

Danny tried to get the attention of passersby for help but, when nobody would stop, used a nearby payphone to call the police. 

‘I was afraid to pick him up I wasn’t sure if he had been harmed in any way’, said Danny, ‘I didn’t want to cause any further injury, I just made sure he was breathing okay. 

‘He was wrapped up in this dark sweatshirt and I loosened it made sure he was okay, I stroked his head and I was trying to alert someone at the station of what was going on at the time.’ 

The next day, Danny tried to visit the baby in hospital but was told that only family was allowed and had no news about the newborn for 12 weeks. 

Viewers were quick to share their praise for the couple, with one calling the segment ‘lovely’ while another said it was great to see such an uplifting story

He was soon contacted by the Administration for Children’s Services and asked him to be present at a family court hearing for the baby in December 2000.  

At the hearing, the judge who would later grant the couple custody took Danny by surprise by asking whether he wanted to adopt the newborn. 

‘We had no notions of adopting’, said Danny, ‘That wasn’t even in our thoughts at all but after that night – we went on with our lives – and 12 weeks later I was called in to testify in family court.

‘I gave my testimony and the judge turned to me and asked would I be interested in adopting, which caught me by complete surprise. 

‘I said “Yes but I don’t think it’s that easy” and the judge just laughed and said, ‘Well it can be’, and started to give some court orders to put forward home study, a background check and things were set in motion.

Danny, pictured on the subway with Kevin as a child, was soon contacted by the Administration for Children’s Services and asked him to be present at a family court hearing for the baby in December 2000

The judge who would later grant the couple custody took Danny by surprise by asking whether he wanted to adopt the newborn

Two decades later, Kevin is a 20-year-old college student studying mathematics and computer science 

‘She said, “If you’re interested you need to come back to the next hearing to state your intentions”. And that’s when I gave Pete a call.’  

Pete added: ‘My initial response was no, we are not ready we didn’t have resources or space, we lived in a small one bedroom apartment.

‘I thought this was just crazy that he would say yes without consulting me, we had a lot of heated discussions for about a week, did some soul searching and realised this is what we want to do together.’ 

Two decades later, Kevin is a 20-year-old college student studying mathematics and computer science. 

He plays the piano and guitar, has ran marathons, and has spent several years dancing with the National Dance Institute. 

Last year, Pete published a version of Kevin’s childhood storybook, called Our Subway Baby which details how they came to be parents.  

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