Newborn Left In Christmas Nativity Manger At Church

Photo courtesy Rev. Fr. Christopher R. Heanue

NEW YORK – Authorities are searching for whoever left a newborn baby with the umbilical cord still attached in the Christmas nativity manger at a New York City church.

Police say a custodian at a Queens church found the child after returning from lunch Monday afternoon.

Investigators say the baby was wrapped in towels and laying in the manger at theHoly Child of Jesus Church in Richmond Hill.

Police say the baby is in good health at a local hospital. Police have not released the gender.

State law says a newborn can be dropped off at a church, hospital, police or fire station. But it requires the child to be left with someone or for authorities to be called immediately.

A call to the church went unanswered Tuesday afternoon.

Photo courtesy Rev. Fr. Christopher R. Heanue
Photo courtesy Rev. Fr. Christopher R. Heanue

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