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Baby Jesus goes missing from Dorothy B. Oven Park nativity scene in Tallahassee

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Posted at 5:31 PM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 17:34:36-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A baby Jesus that went missing from a popular nativity scene at Dorothy B. Oven Park on Thomasville Road has now been replaced after the statue's disappearance was first noted by a startled 8-year-old boy.

The boy's family in Tallahassee, the state capital, alerted officials Monday about the missing infant statue via Twitter.

City officials could not say what happened to the first Baby Jesus or whether he had fallen victim to vandals whose holiday spirit was more “bah humbug" than merry.

But by Tuesday, a new Baby Jesus replica was back in the once-empty manger in the well-trafficked holiday display.