Stolen baby Jesus figurines back in Tennessee mangers
KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) — Two baby Jesus figurines have reappeared in their Tennessee mangers in time for Christmas.
Kingsport Jaycees President Bennett Little told the Kingsport Times-News that baby Jesus was returned Wednesday and would be back on display Thursday. Meanwhile, Greeneville Parks and Recreation spokeswoman Lisa Fisher told The Greeneville Sun that a water department employee found the agency’s missing figurine in a ditch Tuesday and it was returned to its display.
It was the second year in a row baby Jesus had disappeared from the downtown Nativity scene in Kingsport. Last year’s figurine wasn’t recovered, so the display had a newly hand-crafted figurine valued at $1,200. Little said he would keep his word not to prosecute since the figurine was returned quickly.
Officials said the baby Jesus in Greeneville had also been taken before, about seven years ago by youngsters who later returned it.