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Newborn Baby Found Abandoned At Church’s Nativity Scene: Police Search For Mother

Wed, November 25, 2015 9:32am EDT by 3 Comments
Newborn Baby Found Nativity Scene
Courtesy of FATHER CHRISTOPHER HEAN

So awful. A precious newborn baby boy with his umbilical cord still attached, was found abandoned in a nativity scene at a Queens church. Police are now searching for the child’s mother.

The search is underway for a mother who abandoned her newborn baby at Holy Child Jesus Church in Richmond Hill on Nov. 23. The child was found by a custodian at the church and the newborn was rushed to the hospital.


The full-term newborn was found swaddled in purple towels in the nativity’s crèche, the same place baby Jesus is found on Christmas morning, CBS reports. Thankfully the baby is healthy and is in the care of the Administration of Children’s Services at Jamaica in Queens.

Jose Moran, 60, a custodian at the church, found the precious baby. “I was in the church sweeping,” he told the Daily News. “Then I hear a child crying. I didn’t make much of it. I thought there was somebody in the church with a child. I looked around and didn’t see anyone, that got me curious.” Jose continued to say, “I followed the cries. I walked to the little nativity home we had installed inside the church … I couldn’t believe my eyes. The baby was wrapped in towels. He still had his umbilical cord. He was next to the Virgin (Mary).”

Although churches, police stations, firehouses and hospitals, are considered safe havens for unwanted infants under 30 days, no questions asked, the mother could face charges because she didn’t tell anyone where her baby was left.


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Our thoughts are with this precious little boy. We hope he finds a home and loving family.