A newborn baby, with his umbilical cord still attached, was found abandoned in a nativity scene at a Queens, New York, church on Nov. 23.
The infant was found at Holy Child Jesus Church in Richmond Hill by a custodian around 12 p.m.
“The baby was found in the creche, a sort of manger scene where we would put the baby Jesus during Christmastime,” Father Christopher Heanue told the New York Post.
“The church is considered a safe haven for drop offs. The baby was brand new. He still had the umbilical cord attached. It’s a beautiful baby boy.”
Surveillance video reportedly shows a woman walking into the church with the baby in her arms. The woman is later seen leaving without the child.
“There are families within the parish who have inquired as to adopting the baby already,” Heanue said. “They feel that he was left in the parish and should stay in the parish.”
The baby boy was taken to a local hospital and is in good health.