A woman who faced a felony charge in the theft of a baby Jesus from a Nativity scene in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania a few weeks before Christmas was fined after pleading guilty to a summary count.
The (Allentown) Morning Call reports that 49-year-old Jacqueline Ross of Bethlehem Township was ordered Tuesday by a judge in Northampton County to pay $100 and court costs.
Authorities said she took the $2,700 figurine Dec. 4 from the crèche outside City Hall and left it at a hospital with a note saying the baby had been "neglected" by his parents, "Joseph and Mary Christ."
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District Judge Roy Manwaring called it "a misguided practical joke that went terribly wrong." Prosecutors cited mental health issues and said she didn't deserve jail time or a criminal record. [[238427591, C]]