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Infant Discovered In Barn, Child Protective Services Launch Probe

Nazareth Carpenter Being Held On Charges Involving Underage Mother

Authorities were today alerted by a concerned citizen who noticed

a family living in a barn.

 

Upon arrival, Family Protective Service personnel, accompanied by

police, took into protective care an infant child named Jesus, who

had been wrapped in strips of cloth and placed in a feeding trough

by his 14-year old mother, Mary of Nazareth.

 

During the confrontation, a man identified as Joseph, also of

Nazareth, attempted to stop the social workers. Joseph, aided by

several local shepherds and some unidentified foreigners, tried to

forestall efforts to take the child, but was restrained by the

police. Also being held for questioning are three foreigners who

allege to be wise men from an eastern country.

 

The INS and Homeland Security officials are seeking information

about these who may be in the country illegally. A source with the

INS states that they had no passports, but were in possession of

gold and other possibly illegal substances. They resisted arrest

saying that they had been warned by God to avoid officials in

Jerusalem and to return quickly to their own country.

 

The chemical substances in their possession will be tested.

 

The owner of the barn is also being held for questioning.

 

The manager of the Bethlehem Inn faces possible revocation of his

license for violating health and safety regulations by allowing

people to stay in the stable. Civil authorities are also

investigating the zoning violations involved in maintaining live-

stock in a commercially-zoned district.

 

The location of the minor child will not be released, and the

prospect for a quick resolution to this case is doubtful. Asked

about when Jesus would be returned to his mother, a Child

Protective Service spokesperson said, "The father is middle-aged

and the mother definitely underage. We are checking with officials

in Nazareth to determine what their legal relationship is. Joseph

has admitted taking Mary from her home in Nazareth because of a

census requirement. However, because she was obviously pregnant

when they left, investigators are looking into other reasons for

their departure.

 

Joseph is being held without bond on charges of molestation,

kidnapping, child endangerment, and statutory rape. Mary was taken

to the Bethlehem General Hospital where she is being examined by

doctors.

 

Charges may also be filed against her for endangerment.

 

She will also undergo psychiatric evaluation because of her claim

that she is a virgin and that the child is from God.

 

The director of the psychiatric wing said, "I don't profess to

have the right to tell people what to believe, but when their

beliefs adversely affect the safety and well-being of others --

in this case her child -- we must consider her a danger to others.

 

"The unidentified drugs at the scene didn't help her case, but I'm

confidant that with the proper therapy regimen we can get her back

on her feet."

 

A spokesperson for the governor's office said, "Who knows what was

going through their heads? But regardless, their treatment of the

child was inexcusable, and the involvement of these others

frightening. There is much we don't know about this case, but for

the sake of the child and the public, you can be assured that we

will pursue this matter to the end."

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