A healthy newborn baby was found inside the manger of a Christmas nativity scene at a New York City church.
A custodian for Holy Child Jesus Church in Queens reportedly discovered the infant after hearing its cries while he was cleaning.
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“I looked around and didn’t see anyone,” said the custodian who found the baby, Jose Moran. “I followed the cries. I walked to the little nativity home we had installed inside the church… I couldn’t believe my eyes. The baby was wrapped in towels. He still had his umbilical cord. He was next to the Virgin (Mary).”
According to Moran, the nativity scene had only been up for about an hour before he found “Baby Jesus.”
“God works in mysterious ways,” Father Christopher Ryan Heanue, one of the priests at the church, reportedly told the Daily News. “(The child’s mother) must have been in a difficult place in her life.”
A couple that attends the church has already offered to adopt the miracle child but for now it is under the care of the Administration of Children’s Services while police try to find the biological mother.
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Even though New York state law allows parents to anonymously surrender babies at churches, police stations, firehouses and hospitals, the mother of “Baby Jesus” didn’t notify anyone and could face charges as a result.
Although struggling mothers surrendering their babies is not a new concept, the way this scenario played out is truly miraculous; particularly the serendipitous timing of the baby being found almost immediately after being left and the fact that the nativity scene had just been built AND! a couple immediately offered to adopt the baby.
This is one "abandonment" story that resulted in a beautiful outcome.
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