Police: American says baby left in Florence by his mother

Posted by Paige Stewart - email

ROME (AP) - Italian police say a Houston-area man is claiming to be the father of a two-day-old boy abandoned in a church several weeks ago in Florence.

Florentine police chief Giampaolo Monastra said police received an e-mail on Aug. 20. the writer was a man who wrote that he believed his girlfriend gave birth while visiting Italy and left the newborn in the church, where a nun found the child July 29.

Monastra said the Texas man told police that when his girlfriend came back from Italy no longer pregnant, she told him that the baby had died.

Monastra says police in the Houston suburb of Sugar Land are investigating on their end.