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Boy left at church after mother's arrest

April 21, 2010 at 11:51 AM

NEW YORK, April 21 (UPI) -- A 3-year-old boy abandoned at a New York cathedral is the son of a woman arrested three days earlier for counterfeiting in Jacksonville, Fla., police said.

Nathaniel Fons was abandoned Tuesday at St. Patrick's Cathedral by friends of his 26-year-old mother, Erin Comeau, police alleged.

Surveillance cameras allegedly filmed the two friends leaving the crying boy and running to a car, The New York Daily News reported Wednesday. In his pocket was a note with his mother's name and the name of a Florida detective.

Comeau was arrested Sunday in Jacksonville for allegedly passing a counterfeit $100 bill at a convenience store. She told police Nathaniel was with her friends Eleanor Black, 29, and William Scott, 32, the two people allegedly seen on the church surveillance tape. Black and Scott had not been found as of late Tuesday.

The boy, who was in good health, was placed in protective custody in New York and his paternal grandparents contacted in Florida, the News reported.

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