The prankster — who now says his real name is Joe Carr (though that could possibly just be a play on "joker") — confessed to the lie, calling it a joke between friends that ended as "a prank that made a fool out of the media."
Carr's full post gives some insight into his reasoning for the prank as he explained:
A nativity scene at in a Queens, New York City church contained a very realistic prop!
According to reports, a church custodian found a newborn baby crying in the nativity set on Monday after he came back from lunch at around 1 p.m.!
Authorities said the custodian found the infant boy lying inside the manger wrapped in towels. Fortunately, the baby was then examined at Jamaica Hospital where he was found to be healthy and in stable condition.
This might seem like something out of an old biblical tale, but even today New York practices the Abandoned Infant Protection Act — a safe haven law that allows people to anonymously leave newborns at churches, hospitals, police, or fire stations.
The post has since been deleted, but the 35-year-old kept the picture on Instagram (above). Along with the picture, the singer penned:
"Fun times in Birmingham, AL last night on #TheThankfulTour! The folks at New Rising Star were TURNED alllllllll the way up!!! Sooooo much love to Camisha Rivers for doing my hair and Sylvia Smith for my makeup!! Jason Bolin surprised me! This fun outfit is by Lollipop Boutique in New Jersey!!!"