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Mother who left newborn baby in nativity manger at New York City church won't be prosecuted

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)
November 25, 2015 - 7:50 PM

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Authorities have decided not to prosecute a mother who left her newborn baby in a Christmas manger inside a New York City church.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown on Wednesday said the unidentified mother felt her newborn was in a warm place and would be found safe.

A church custodian at Holy Child of Jesus Church in Richmond Hill, Queens, found the 5-pound baby Monday afternoon. He was wrapped in towels and had his umbilical cord still attached.

Brown said the mother had also returned the next morning to make sure the baby had been found.

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.

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