Newborn Is Left in Nativity Scene at a Queens Church

25 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Newborn Baby Found In Manger Of Church’s Nativity Scene In Queens.

A newborn baby boy, his umbilical cord still attached, was found in a Queens church nestled in the house of worship’s Christmas nativity scene, officials said Tuesday.

The baby was sitting in the nativity’s crèche inside Holy Child Jesus Church on 86th Ave. in Richmond Hill — where the baby Jesus is usually found, police and witnesses said. The church is considered a “Safe Haven.” New York’s Safe Haven law says a person can leave their baby, up to 30 days old, with any responsible person at a suitable location. The healthy, full-term baby boy, who remained at Jamaica Hospital Tuesday, has already been given two nicknames, according to Father Christopher Heanue: Baby Jesus and John the Baptist — who, according to the Bible, preceded Jesus’ arrival. “What went through my head was that first God in his prominence allowed this crèche to be put up early, and the second was that this woman in her time of need would see in this crèche as a safe haven for the child,” Father Heanue told the News. Police said the church’s maintenance man erected the Nativity scene inside the church, facing the altar, for the Christmas holiday on Monday morning. It’s a beautiful baby boy.” “There are families within the parish who have inquired as to adopting the baby already,” Heanue said. “They feel that he was left in the parish and should stay in the parish.”

Churches, like firehouses and hospitals, are considered safe havens where people can leave unwanted newborns, as long as they were born within 30 days of the child’s discovery.

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