A baby wrapped in towels in a manger was found by a wise man who heard the infant’s cry in Richmond Hill on Monday.
Jose Moran, the janitor of Holy Child Jesus Church and the father-in-law of Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), made the discovery while performing his routine maintenance duties, the church’s administrator, the Rev. Christopher Heanue said in an interview on Tuesday.
Heanue, a priest for only a few months, said the manger was not supposed to be set up until next week, but it was put up anyway.
“I feel like this woman saw in this empty scene a home for her baby,” Heanue said. “It’s really beautiful.”
The baby boy, which still had its umbilical cord attached, was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical, and is doing well.
Heanue would like to see the child remain in the parish where he was found.
“There are a number of families, one in particular, that would love to adopt that child,” he said. “We’d like to keep him in the community.”
Churches are considered safe havens, places where mothers can leave babies up to 30-days old, but they have to alert someone there that they’re doing so.