Case File: 2102UMNJ
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The body of a newborn was found near the entrance to the Holy Counselor Lutheran Church at the North Hardyston Cemetery in Vernon minutes before Sunday services. He had been left in a secluded notch outside of a lobby window that was hidden by shrubs. Overnight temperatures had been near zero with 20-30 mph winds. His body was frozen solid. An autopsy later revealed the baby had been born healthy and was alive when placed outside the church. His umbilical cord appeared torn rather than cut.
The church held a memorial service a week later with about 100 people in attendence. Ferguson Funeral Home donated a casket, a plot, and a marker at North Hardyston Cemetery along Route 94. He was unofficially named and adopted as "Baby Jacob Gerard" by the Lutheran parish - Jacob for the subject of the sermon the day he was found and Gerard after the Catholic patron saint of newborn children and expectant mothers.
As of 2000, New Jersey has the Safe Haven law which allows parents or a designated person to drop off a baby — within 30 days of birth and with no signs of abuse or neglect to the child — at a police station or emergency room with no questions asked.
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Last Updated: 7/16/13 - By: DD / Hot Case Coordinator