A 6-week-old baby who was baptized by a priest in Romania died after the ceremony due to water escaping into his lung. A murder investigation has been launched into the priest.
A 6-week-old baby who was baptized at an Orthodox Church in Romania on January 31st has died. It has stirred debate about a change in baptisms in the country, where 80 per cent of the population is considered Orthodox.
PRIEST SAID THE BABY WAS GOOD DURING THE CEREMONY
Romanian Orthodox Church Chief Minister Doru Budeanu said he met with the priest who performed the ceremony after the incident at St. Constantine and Elena Church in the northeastern city of Suceava. He said the priest said the baby cried during and after the submerging. This showed that the baby’s vital signs were good, the priest said, adding that within minutes of the ceremony, the baby had deteriorated.
The autopsy report of the baby, who died after being taken to hospital, said water was found in his lung. A murder investigation has been launched into the pastor who led the christening.
On the other hand, the baby’s family countered the priest’s remarks, saying that when his cubs were pulled from the water, he was not breathing and his nose was bleeding. Commenting on the issue, the baby’s father said, “We bowed his head to remove the water, but he did not come to. His heart was beating, but he was so weak. No one immerses a baby with his mouth open and crying in the water, does he?”