It happens almost every year; someone steals a baby Jesus from a nativity scene. This year, it happened at a church in Pennsylvania.
Father Aristotle Damaskos says he noticed the baby Jesus was missing from the township display last weekend.
A tipster led police to the adoption ring as they were trying to sell the swaddled babe to a couple from DesMoines.
Monique, 54, and Kash, 62, Hamilton are devastated. They deny any misdeed.
"We were assured the adoption was perfectly legal," said Mr. Hamilton as his wife sobbed about the nursery she had all fixed up at home and her broken heart.
Police report that a young woman named Mary had gotten in touch with the Hamilton’s through a PennySavior ad by the Christ’s Mercy Adoption Agency in Tallahassee, Florida.
The Hamilton’s reported that they had been sending Mary money to stay at the Manger Inn in Bethelham, PA. Mary had left her home town and her boyfriend Joey.
The Hamilton’s kept in touch all throughout her pregnancy via phone and email.
Then, last week, Mary asked the Hamilton’s to come to the Inn and take custody of the male infant.
"Will we get our money back?" asked Mr. Hamilton.
Mrs. Hamilton said she would fight to keep the baby as she knew Mary was an unfit, and far too young to be a mother. She was sure she was far more deserving and would not give up the child they planned to rename Abraham Levee Hamilton III.
Mrs. Hamilton also commented that her three year old daughter, Grateful, adopted last year from Sears China Doll department would be very disappointed.
Mary Virgina’s boyfriend, Joseph has come forward demanding a paternity test.
Meanwhile, Mary’s Father has said he will save her and help her raise her infant son.
Mary told reporters that she was threatened to have to return the fee for staying at the Inn if she tried to keep her son. The Hamilton’s attorney, Theo Maggi states, however, that everything they gave her were just "gifts."
Mary further reports that three attorneys from the law office of King, Weissman, and Wyse were at her side even before the baby was born and had pressured her, taking the babe right from her arms.