By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large
A New York City-area indoor church nativity scene recently came to life, quite literally, when a newborn baby boy…umbilical cord still attached and wrapped in swaddling clothes, of a kind…was deposited in that scene’s manger, left by a woman presumed to be the mother.
The infant was abandoned at Holy Child Jesus Church in the Richmond Hill section of the Queens borough. A custodian was in the middle of setting up the crèche when he left for lunch, and, when he returned, he heard the baby crying from the manger.
Video surveillance shows a woman walking into the church with a baby in her arms, and then leaving the church alone. Police have indicated that the mother has been found, but she has not been charged with any crime. New York has a “safe haven” law by which a newborn baby may be left in a safe location without a crime having been committed.
Although the baby is now in the care of the state, several parishioners from the church have made inquiries about adopting the child.