Cops: Woman stole baby Jesus from nativity scene, told hospital it was neglected

Posted at 10:05 AM, Dec 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-16 10:05:58-05

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Police say a woman stole baby Jesus from a Nativity scene in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and dropped the figurine off at a hospital with a note explaining that the baby had been “neglected” by his parents, “Joseph and Mary Christ.”

Police say 49-year-old Jacqueline Ross told them it was a joke, but they aren’t laughing. She was identified from surveillance video and is jailed on charges of theft and institutional vandalism.

Police say she went to the hospital early on Dec. 4 just minutes after stealing the $2,700 figurine from Payrow Plaza.

Police say she left a note with the porcelain baby that read, in part, “Child has broken right foot which is been (sic) neglected. Parents Joseph and Mary Christ got a warning.”

Ross doesn’t yet have an attorney.

This is not the first time a baby Jesus has been stolen from a nativity scene. One was also stolen from a church in New Jersey in 2015.

PIX11’s Aliza Chasan contributed to this report.