Newborn left in NYC nativity scene could soon be adopted

In this Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 photo provided by Paul Cerni, an unidentified woman holds a baby at the Holy Child of Jesus Church in the Richmond Hill section of Queens, New York. A church custodian found the abandoned newborn Monday in the church nativity scene. New York has a so-called safe haven law that says a newborn can be dropped off anonymously at a church, hospital, police or fire station without fear of prosecution. But the law, known as the Abandoned Infant Protection Act, requires that the child be left with someone or for authorities to be called immediately. Police are searching for the mother. (Paul Cerni via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) – Some parishioners at a New York City church where a newborn was left in a Christmas manger are interested in adopting the baby boy.

The Rev. Christopher Heanue told Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1On5Ndn ) Saturday that a number of members of the Holy Child Jesus Church “would love to see him stay” in the congregation.

A custodian returned from lunch Monday to find the 5-pound baby in the church’s nativity scene. The boy is now in the custody of child welfare authorities.

Queens prosecutors decided not to charge the baby’s mother. District Attorney Richard Brown said she followed the spirit of a law that says a newborn can be dropped off anonymously at a church without fear of prosecution, though it requires the child be left with someone or authorities be called immediately.

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