It started out like all the stories of its kind that we New Yorkers get used to, so sad and cold, it hurts your bones:
August 29, 2000
A newborn boy was found abandoned on a subway platform at 14th Street in Manhattan last night, the police said.
A subway passenger found the baby on the southbound platform of the A, C and E trains, which run along Eighth Avenue, around 8:30 p.m., the police said.
”I glanced down and saw what I thought was just a baby doll,” the passenger, Danny Stewart, told Channel 11 News. ”His upper body and his head were wrapped in a dark sweatshirt. But as I started to go up the stairs, he started to move, so I knew he was alive.”
Mr. Stewart called 911 from a pay phone, then ran back to the platform to baby-sit until the police came and took the boy to St. Vincents Hospital and Medical Center, the police said.
The boy is in good health, said John Re, an administrator at the hospital. Doctors believe he was probably born yesterday, Mr. Re said.
But then……twelve years later.