Police: Woman stole baby Jesus from Bethlehem, told hospital it was neglected

Snow falls on a nativity display at the home of Jerry and Linda Thompson on Metropolis Lake Road near Paducah, Ky., Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. A winter mix of precipitation will continue through the day. A second winter storm is forecasted for Saturday night. (AP Photo/Stephen Lance Dennee)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — 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.