NEW YORK – Police are still searching for the mother of a newborn baby who was left in a Christmas manger inside a New York City church two days ago, his umbilical cord still attached.
Police said Wednesday that investigators are canvassing the neighborhood around the Holy Child of Jesus Church in Richmond Hill, Queens, for witnesses or surveillance video that might point them to the mother.
A church custodian found the 5-pound baby Monday afternoon. He was wrapped in towels in the manger, which is on a stage facing the pews. Police say the baby is in good health.
State law says a newborn can be dropped off at a church, hospital, police or fire station. But it requires the child to be left with someone or for authorities to be called immediately.