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Newborn baby found at Cathedral of St. Paul

Someone left a newborn baby on the steps of the Cathedral of St. Paul on Jan. 4. The baby is currently healthy and child services officials are taking care of it. A custodian for the church found the baby at around 6 p.m., in a plastic laundry basket in between the interior and exterior doorways of the main church where night mass had just been held.

A priest for the church and the custodian took care of the baby boy until authorities arrived to help. The priest said that he baptized the child while waiting for an ambulance and police to show up. During the christening, he named the boy Nathan John.

According to authorities, they have decided not to pursue a criminal case in the matter. Under Minnesota state law, mothers can only abandon their newborn babies in safe areas, and it has to be within a week of the birth. Hospitals and urgent care clinics are generally considered safe places, and not church cathedrals. Nevertheless, the father of the church felt that the mother gave the baby to the church because she felt it was a safe place.

When the church custodian found the basket, he said he thought it was laundry because all he could see was a blanket on top. He heard a noise coming from the basket and assumed it was probably a puppy. He said that he was speechless when he took away the blanket and saw the baby's face. The baby hadn't been washed yet, and his umbilical cord was clamped by a binder clip. Police say that the baby was slightly premature, but weighed 5 pounds and his health was sound.

This baby's life, like any other abandoned baby, will now be decided by the state of Minnesota. Under Minnesota family law, the Department of Human Services will see to it that the baby is cared for until an appropriate adoptive family is found. Parents wishing to adopt this particular child, or any other child in Minnesota, may wish to contact a family law attorney and the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Source:, "Baby safe after being found abandoned at Minnesota cathedral," Jan. 09, 2017

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