The man who found a newborn inside a church nativity scene in Queens earlier this week is speaking out as police continue searching for the baby's mother.
Church custodian Jose Moran found the boy laying in the manger Monday at Holy Child Jesus Church in Richmond Hill.
Police say the infant was wrapped in blankets, and his umbilical cord was still attached.
The custodian had just returned from lunch when he heard the baby's cries coming from the sanctuary.
"I got a little nervous, I didn’t know what to do. I uncovered his face because it was covered. He was naked, apparently from moving so much. I covered his body since he was naked and still had his umbilical cord attached. I then called the office and reported the incident," Moran said via an interpreter.
The newborn was taken to Jamaica Hospital.
Police are now reviewing surveillance video that shows a woman entering the church while holding the baby.
According to the state's Safe Haven law, a parent is allowed to abandon a baby under 30 days old at a safe place like a church, hospital or fire station.
But parents are required to leave the baby with an appropriate person.