A newborn baby has been found abandoned in a church nativity scene in New York.
The baby boy, who is perfectly healthy and even had his umbilical chord still attached, was found by a custodian in the Holy Jesus Child Church in Queens, New York. The custodian told police he had just set up the nativity scene before taking a lunch break and returned to find the baby left there.
Father Christopher Ryan Heanue, a priest at the church, wrapped the baby in a towel before police arrived and took him to Jamaica Hospital, where doctors realised he was only a few hours old.
Father Christopher said:
“The beautiful thing is that this woman [who left him there] found in this church — which is supposed to be a home for those in need — this home for her child.”
Police have obtained CCTV footage of a woman with a baby near the church, who is then seen again later without a baby, however they are not releasing the footage. Officers say they currently have no updates on the whereabouts of the mother. According to New York state law parents are legally able to leave a baby at a safe location within 30 days of birth, as long as they tell an ‘appropriate person’ (such as a police officer or doctor) about it.
Father Christopher told the Guardian:
“A young couple in our parish would love to adopt this child and keep this gift in our community. It would make a great Christmas miracle.”