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Police search for person who left newborn baby in nativity manger at New York City church

In this Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 photo provided by Paul Cerni, an unidentified woman holds a baby at the Holy Child of Jesus Church in the Richmond Hill section of Queens, New York. A church custodian found the abandoned newborn Monday in the church nativity scene. New York has a so-called safe haven law that says a newborn can be dropped off anonymously at a church, hospital, police or fire station without fear of prosecution. But the law, known as the Abandoned Infant Protection Act, requires that the child be left with someone or for authorities to be called immediately. Police are searching for the mother. (Paul Cerni via AP)

In this Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 photo provided by Paul Cerni, an unidentified woman holds a baby at the Holy Child of Jesus Church in the Richmond Hill section of Queens, New York. A church custodian found the abandoned newborn Monday in the church nativity scene. New York has a so-called safe haven law that says a newborn can be dropped off anonymously at a church, hospital, police or fire station without fear of prosecution. But the law, known as the Abandoned Infant Protection Act, requires that the child be left with someone or for authorities to be called immediately. Police are searching for the mother. (Paul Cerni via AP)  (The Associated Press)

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.