Baby Abandoned in Nativity Scene Might Get Adopted by Church Members
Last week, a church in Queens received quite a surprise when a young woman abandoned her newborn baby at the church's nativity scene. Now, it looks as though several parishioners are interested in adopting the child.
Surveillance videos at Holy Child Jesus Church show the mother enter the church with the child wrapped in a towel, then leave without him. A janitor ended up discovering the five-pound baby, who was left in the manger of the church's nativity scene. The newborn still had his umbilical cord attached, and the baby was believed to have been born just five hours prior to his drop off at the church.
Since then, church administrator Rev. Christopher R. Heanue told Newsday, "We have a number of people within the community that would love to see him stay with us. He’s a member in our hearts. There’s really a connection that people have felt over the past few days.” After his discovery, the baby was taken to the hospital, where he was reported to be in a healthy condition. And although the newborn currently has no legal name, parishioners have already suggested to name him John (after John the Baptist, whose coming foretold the birth of Christ) or Emanuel (which means "God is with us).
Due to New York's "Safe Haven Law," which allows parents to drop off their child in a safe space (such as a firehouse, hospital, or church), charges have not been placed against the mother.
The baby is currently in the care of the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, but hopefully he can find a home for his first Christmas season.