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Mother of newborn found in church nativity scene will not face charges

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QUEENS, N.Y. – A mother, whose newborn baby was left in a nativity scene at a church, will not face charges.

A custodian called police on Monday afternoon after finding the infant in the manger of an indoor nativity scene at the Holy Child Jesus Church in Queens.

The man says he found the baby wrapped in towels and the umbilical cord was still attached.

On Friday, authorities announced that the child’s mother would not face charges for abandoning the baby, WNBC reports.

“The mother followed the spirit of New York’s ‘Safe Haven’ law,” District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement. “It appears that the mother, in this case, felt her newborn child would be found safely in the church and chose to place the baby in the manger because it was the warmest place in the church, and further she returned the following morning to make certain that the baby had been found.”

According to the Safe Haven law, a church is considered a safe place to leave an infant within 72 hours of birth, but a responsible person must be in attendance at the time of the drop-off.

The child is currently in protective custody, but several parishioners have offered to adopt the baby.

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