- The Washington Times - Friday, November 27, 2015

Prosecutors in New York City won’t pursue charges against the mother who left her newborn baby in the manger display of a Roman Catholic church this week.

Richard A. Brown, the district attorney in the city’s Queens borough, said it was determined after locating and interviewing the mother that criminal charges weren’t warranted, Reuters reported.

“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,” the district attorney said in a statement.

The child was found early Monday afternoon at the Holy Child Jesus Church in Queens by a maintenance man, who had heard crying after returning from lunch. He fetched a school nurse from across the street, then called the New York Fire Department.

New York state’s “safe haven” law allows parents to anonymously part with newborns, permitted they alert someone soon after. The mother had dropped her child off without doing so, however, prompting authorities to scour local surveillance camera footage that helped them find her Wednesday.

The baby boy has been placed in the custody of the city’s Administration for Children’s Services, officials said.

“The beautiful thing is that this woman found in this church — which is supposed to be a home for those in need — this home for her child,” Father Christopher Ryan Heanue, a priest at the church, told Reuters. “A young couple in our parish would love to adopt this child and keep this gift in our community. It would make a great Christmas miracle.”

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