Crying Newborn Found in Church Nativity Scene

Crying Newborn Found in Church Nativity Scene

Crying Newborn Found in Church Nativity Scene

A wailing newborn baby was found with his umbilical cord attached inside a nativity scene at a Queens church, police say. 

The baby was discovered by a maintenance worker at the Holy Child Jesus Catholic Church in Richmond Hill Monday at about noon, according to the New York Police Department.

The Rev. Christopher Ryan Heanue told NBC 4 New York the worker was cleaning inside the church when he heard the baby crying inside the nativity scene, which had been set up earlier than usual this year. 

"The secretary burst in and said, 'Father, there's an emergency in the church, you have to come,'" Heanue said. 

Inside Baby Jesus' spot in the manger was a newborn, a few hours old at most, Heanue estimated. Bishop Octavio Cisnero, also there, couldn't believe his eyes.

"There was a baby, wrapped in swaddling clothes, in a towel," said Cisnero.  "The umbilical cord was still hanging from the baby." 

EMTs checked out the baby, and he appeared to be healthy. 

Heanue said surveillance video captured a woman entering the church about 20 minutes before the baby was found.

 

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