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AYER — “Baby Jesus” is missing.

A Christmas crèche depicting the nativity scene is missing its Christ child. It’s unknown what happened to the Baby Jesus figurine, but the model appears to have been stolen from St. Mary’s Church at some point on Sunday or during the overnight hours into Monday morning.

The apparent theft occurred this Advent season, just two weeks before Christmas Day.

Police Lt. Brian Gill said the last confirmed sighting of the Baby Jesus figure was noted following Sunday’s 11 a.m. Mass.

“Father built a brand new manger,” said St. Mary’s Parish manager Betsy Diskin. “Somebody stole Baby Jesus last night.”

Diskin said father Edmond Derosier hand-built the crèche — a depiction of the manger where Christ was born — after figures of the Holy Family were donated to the parish. “It was only up one day,” said Diskin.

The nativity scene was put in place on Sunday.

“Please tell people that we’d like the baby back, no questions asked,” said Diskin.

Anyone with any information should contact St. Mary’s Parish at 978-772-2414 or police at 978-772-8200.

“Maybe they took it because Baby Jesus isn’t — quote — ‘born yet’ and they’ll bring him back Christmas eve or Christmas morning,” said Diskin.

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