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Abandoned baby in Woodside, Queens agonizes Chinese churches

  Police are seeking Miss Cathy Lu as a person of interest in regard to a newborn baby who was abandoned in a housing project yard in Woodside, Queens. Miss Lu lived in the housing project and took care of her terribly ill mother, Mrs. Waiping Lu, until she passed away almost two years ago. […]

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Cathy Lu was strong and active in her faith until her mother died. Photo: A Journey through NYC religions

Police are seeking Miss Cathy Lu as a person of interest in regard to a newborn baby who was abandoned in a housing project yard in Woodside, Queens. Miss Lu lived in the housing project and took care of her terribly ill mother, Mrs. Waiping Lu, until she passed away almost two years ago. Her father had passed away previously. The family is from Hong Kong.

The mother and daughter went to several Chinese churches in Queens, including Queens Christian Reformed Church and the Taiwanese congregation at the Reformed Church of Newtown. Cathy went to Baruch College to study non-profit management in order to help those people who are down-trodden, infirm or ill.

At about 11:40 p.m. Sunday, an anonymous passerby heard a baby crying at the Woodside Houses at 50-07 Broadway and found a newborn baby girl wrapped in a sheet in a grassy area, with its umbilical cord cut, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Monday. She was a few hours old. Cathy may have been the anonymous person who called the police.

The baby, weighing 6 pounds and 6 ounces, was taken to Elmhurst Hospital. "The baby seems to be in excellent shape," Kelly said Monday.

The baby girl was released around 2 p.m. Thursday.

She is doing well and is now in foster care. There have been many offers of adoption.

Cathy and her Mom. Photo: A Journey through NYC religions

Cathy seemed to come somewhat undone after her Mom passed away. The two were very close and most fulfilled when they were together. Cathy became very involved in her mother’s treatment for cancer. The daughter's admiration for her mother deepened because in the face of death Mrs. Lu was the happiest of persons and never complained from the pain and nausea of her cancer. An experimental treatment staved off the cancer for several years. Always the fondest moment of Sundays after church were the sight of Cathy and her Mom walking side by side with real mutual care through the shadows of the housing project to their apartment.

After her Mom’s death, Cathy was emotionally traumatized. She spoke of knowing famous figures, traveled erratically, and only kept in touch with her family and friends sporadically. Then, she just disappeared off the face of the globe. Family, friends and her church tried to reach her many times but with no success. They thought that Cathy didn’t want any contact because previously when she was busy doing something, she would not respond until she had finished. Now, the family wonders what she was doing.

Although the family and her church family do not know what relation Cathy has to the abandoned baby, they ask prayers for Cathy's safety and for her to call 212-656-1670. Or email:

The police are also seeking information about Cathy’s whereabouts.

The police ask that anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-557-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

12 Responses to “Abandoned baby in Woodside, Queens agonizes Chinese churches” Leave a reply ›

  • The story is the story told by the police.

  • Ur probably the reason she went missing. She was a friend of mine and ur story sounds fishy.

  • Okay, thanks!

  • I'm pretty sure she's just in her unit in 50-07 Broadway.

  • Slowly, but her friends and family keep such a positive spirit for her.

  • How is this story/case progress?

  • Michael, I will check around this week. Hopeful she is alright.

  • A former student e-mailed me a few days ago saying that she saw someone who looked like Cathy coming out of the subway by Bryant High School and walking with her head down. I wonder if it's possible that she's back in the Woodside Projects?

  • Michael, No news. However, the recent news stories on the women who were kidnapped make me very uneasy for Cathy's well-being.

  • Any new developments regarding Cathy?

  • I was Cathy's teacher and National Honor Society adviser at Bryant High School prior to her graduation in 2004. Suddenly, out of the blue, she began calling me in the fall of 2010 saying she wanted to visit me at Bryant. A few times she failed to show up after we set a date and time for her to visit, and she called me later in the day to tell me that she'd been held up. Eventually we did meet at Bryant, shared memories, and had a cup of coffee together. She told me the sad story of her Mom's illness and passing.

    We met for the last time in June of 2011 and had coffee together at Starbuck's on Northern Blvd. We spoke about meeting again, but then she just disappeared on me and I haven't heard from her since. I googled her name a few months ago and read the story about the baby. Now I'm feeling guilty because I think she was reaching out to me as a father figure and I wish she had thought to turn to me for help if she was in trouble. If anyone hears from her, please ask her to call me or message me by e-mail ( or facebook. She's a special girl and I would do anything I could to help her.

  • Praying for well being of baby, birth mom, and biological father.

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