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September 21st, 2017 · 10 Comments · Best of Bridgeport, News and Events

Halstead, Baby Sue

Former Bridgeport City Councilman Bob Halstead reunites with Susan Akie-Mote of Long Island, at the Bridgeport Ferry Terminal in Bridgeport. CT Post photo Christian Abraham.

An enterprising Facebook search has reunited a Long Island woman with former City Councilman Bob Halstead who found Susan Akie-Mote in a hat box 49 years ago when she was just hours old. Michael Daly of the CT Post has more:

On the morning of Nov. 1, 1968, 16-year-old Bob Halstead, a Bridgeport high school student, was late–once again–for the car pool, and had to walk from his North End home on Travis Drive to Notre Dame High School.

It was cold that morning. Mid-autumn frost covered the ground. His route brought him past a U.S. Post Office mail drop-off at the corner of Old Town and Acton Roads.

A blue hat box on the ground near the dropoff caught his eye. He walked over and lifted the lid. A doll, he thought, wrapped in a velour sweater. It moved a bit. A mechanical doll, he said he thought. An eye opened.

Halstead, unsure what to do with what clearly was not a doll, ran the short distance back to his house to get his mother. Marie. Together they flew back to the box and brought the abandoned, hours-old baby–its umbilical cord still attached–home.

Full story here.


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