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Newborn Baby Discovered at NY Church Nativity Scene, Umbilical Cord Still Attached

A newborn boy was left in the manger of an indoor nativity scene at the Holy Child Jesus Church in Queens, NY on Monday afternoon, according to PIX11.

The custodian who found the child told police the manger was empty when he left for lunch and when he returned around 1:30 p.m., he heard a baby crying.

“He was wrapped in, for lack of a better word, swaddling clothes,” Father Christopher Ryan Heanue said.

The baby was found in the manger of the nativity scene and with the umbilical cord still attached.

Heanue called 911 immediately and the baby was rushed to the hospital, where he is listed in good condition.

Police are on the hunt for the mother, who they believe left the baby. Surveillance video captured a woman walking in and leaving the newborn baby boy inside the church.

“I believe that when this woman came into our church to find refuge, she found in this nativity scene a place for her son a place where he would be safe,” said Heanue.

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