San Gabriel police officers help deliver baby in police station parking lot

SAN GABRIEL — Two San Gabriel police officers helped deliver an impatient baby girl inside a car in the police station parking lot Thursday, officials said.
The 26-year-old woman was in labor and being driven to a hospital by a friend about 9:45 a.m. Thursday, San Gabriel police officials said in a written statement.
While en route to the hospital, “She exclaimed that she was giving birth,” according to the statement. “Knowing that they had just passed the San Gabriel Police Department, the driver decided to make a U-turn and pull into the police department’s parking lot to seek help.”
Officer Steve Rodrigues was pulling into the parking lot as well when the driver flagged him down and told him about the situation, Lt. Tony Hernandez said. Hernandez then came out of the police station to assist.
The baby refused to wait another minute, and was born just almost immediately after the mother and driver arrived at the police station, officials said.
“Everything went went well and the baby was born healthy,” Hernandez said.
Hernandez said he wrapped the infant in a sweater and handed her to the new mother.
The newborn girl and her mother were taken to a hospital where both were reported to be in good health, he added.
“The birth of a child is always a momentous event, but when it happens in the parking lot of a police department, it’s a spectacular event,” San Gabriel Police Chief David Lawton said. “We are just glad there were no complications and our officers were there to help.”

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