Queens mom passed on two churches before finding a third one to abandon her …

27 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Church members offer to adopt newborn baby boy who was abandoned by his mother in a nativity scene manger.

New York – A mother who left her newborn son, swaddled and lying in the manger of a Christmas Nativity scene in a New York church, will not be charged, prosecutors say. The woman, whose name is being withheld by authorities, told police she believed her baby would be safe at the church near her home, and actually returned the following day to check to see if the baby was still there. The child, nicknamed ‘Baby Jesus,’ was discovered wrapped in towels and with the umbilical cord still attached in the indoor nativity scene at the Holy Child Jesus Church in the Richmond Hill section of Queens on Monday. Surveillance video footage showed a mother carrying the child into a discount store to buy towels, and then into the church, just days before America celebrated its Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday. “Let us pray for this child, for his parents and for whomever will receive him into their home,” parish vicar Christopher Heanue posted on Facebook.

By Wednesday, police have tracked down the boy’s mother and interviewed her, but decided not to charge her with any crime because she gave up the baby in accordance with the state’s Safe Heaven law. The law allows a parent to drop off a newborn anonymously at a church, hospital, police or fire station, as long as the baby is handed over to an appropriate person. Father Christopher Ryan Heanue, one of the priests at the Queens church, said some parishioners have already expressed interest in the little boy’s future. ‘A young couple in our parish would love to adopt this child and keep this gift in our community. According to a city official, once the hospital releases him, the baby will likely be placed in foster care for a period of time until an adoptive family is found.

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