Mother who left baby in New York City church manger will not face charges

26 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Mother who left baby in NYC nativity manger won’t be charged.

A woman who left her newborn son in a manger at a New York City church will not face criminal charges for giving him up, a prosecutor said on Wednesday. Queens district attorney Richard Brown said the woman would not be prosecuted because she gave up her child in accordance with the state’s “safe haven” law. “It appears that the mother, in this case, felt her newborn child would be found safely in the church and chose to place the baby in the manger because it was the warmest place,” Mr Brown said in a statement. Under New York state law, a parent may abandon a newborn anonymously at certain designated safe haven locations, as long as the baby is handed over to an appropriate person. “The beautiful thing is that this woman found in this church — which is supposed to be a home for those in need — this home for her child,” Father Heanue said. The custodian of the church told police the manger was empty when he left for lunch on Monday afternoon and when he returned, he heard a baby crying, Pix11 reported.

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