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Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Newborn with umbilical cord abandoned in New York Church
American police said on Wednesday that a newborn with his umbilical cord still attached was found lying in a manger at a New York Church.
The New York police spokesman disclosed that at Holy Child Jesus Church in the borough of Queens on Monday, the custodian found the crying infant wrapped in towel in the indoor nativity scene he had set up just before his lunch break.
The police spokesman said paramedics took the healthy baby to Jamaica Hospital and police were investigating the incident.
Father Christopher Heanue, one of the priests at the Church, said he and others placed a clean towel around the baby while waiting for paramedics to show up.
He said “the beautiful thing is that this woman found this Church, which is supposed to be a home for those in need, as home for her child.
“A young couple in our parish would love to adopt this child and keep this gift in our community.
“It would make a great Christmas miracle.”
Under New York state law, a parent may abandon a newborn anonymously at certain designated safe haven location as long as the baby was handed over to an appropriate person.