Newborn baby found in Richmond Hill church Nativity scene

By Gabriel Rom

RICHMOND HILL—A newborn baby was left inside the crèche—a tableau representing the scene of Jesus’s birth—of a Richmond Hill church Monday afternoon, police said.

According to police, the baby, found inside the Holy Child Jesus Church, at 111-11 86th Ave, was taken to Jamaica Hospital and was in good condition.

Churches are considered safe havens in New York where a baby can be left, protecting parents from any legal liability.

“Even though the church is a safe haven, you can’t just leave a baby there for someone else to find,” a police source said.

The investigation was ongoing and the suspect could face criminal charges, police said.