(RICHMOND HILL, N.Y.) — A newborn was left in a nativity scene at a Queens, New York church on Monday afternoon.
According to ABC affiliate WABC-TV in New York, a baby wrapped in cloths was left in a manger at the Holy Child Jesus Church in Richmond Hill. A custodian at the church reportedly heard a baby crying in the distance, eventually finding the child with its umbilical cord still connected.
Father Christopher Heanue told WABC-TV that the manger wasn’t supposed to be set up for another few weeks. “I believe when this woman who came in with this child, saw this…empty home, this home in which we’ll welcome Jesus in just a few short weeks, I believe she found in it a home for her child,” he said.
The baby was taken to Jamaica Hospital in Queens, where he weighed in at about five pounds and was measured at 17 inches long. The boy is said to be doing well.
The woman was reportedly caught on church surveillance cameras. Authorities say they are concerned for her wellbeing.
By law, a church is considered a safe haven for drop-offs, but parents are supposed to hand the baby to a responsible individual, and not leave the child unattended.
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