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No charges to be filed against mother who left baby at Queens church nativity scene

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RICHMOND HILL, Queens — Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says the mother who left her baby in a manger inside of a Queens church Monday will not be prosecuted.

Officials say the mother followed New York's Safe Haven law, which allows a parent to leave a child no older than 30 days at designated locations, including churches, hospitals and police or fire stations. The law requires that someone be there to accept the child.

The mother told police she left the baby in the manger at the Holy Child Jesus Church in Richmond Hill because it was the warmest place in the church.

She said she returned the next day to see that the baby had been found.

The baby boy was found by a church custodian who heard crying from the indoor nativity scene. The newborn still had his umbilical cord attached. The baby was taken to a nearby hospital and listed in good condition.