Solved: Missing Head of Baby Jesus Is Back

And that means curtains for the odd 'demonic hedgehog' head that replaced it
By Linda Hervieux,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2016 7:03 AM CDT
Solved: Missing Head of Baby Jesus Is Back
The head of baby Jesus has been returned to its place in an Ontario churchyard.   (CBC)

The caper of the missing baby Jesus head has been solved. A woman who snatched the head from the statue in a churchyard in Canada returned it after the story became international news, the CBC reports. That happened after a local artist sculpted a new noggin in red terra cotta with lizard-like eyes and spiky hair a la Maggie Simpson—and drew global scorn for her trouble. The head of baby Jesus, cradled in the arms of a sedate Virgin Mary, has been a frequent target of vandals at the Sainte-Anne-des-Pins Catholic church in Sudbury, Ontario. After the latest theft, the pastor said he would forgo ordering a replacement that could cost as much as $10,000.

That's when local artist Heather Wise stepped in, crafting a "temporary replacement" that one Twitter user likened to ET and another to a "demonic hedgehog." After reading about the dust-up, a local woman said to be suffering from personal problems returned the head on Friday. "I almost cried," the Rev. Gerard Lajeunesse told the Star. He said he doesn't plan to press charges and is thankful baby Jesus is intact again. News of the happy ending drew applause at Sunday Mass. (Fans were less than thrilled with this "scary" Lucille Ball statue.)

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