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RPD officer delivers baby on the side of the road

Posted at: 12/08/2012 3:53 PM
Updated at: 12/09/2012 4:47 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri

A mother and father welcomed their baby girl into the world Saturday morning and they have quite the story about her birth.

While the couple was on their way to the hospital they realized there was no waiting and the baby was coming right then. Luckily a Rochester Police Officer was nearby and able to help them deliver the baby in the back seat of the car. Airway Taxi driver, Selamon Bashu, was nearby and caught the moments right after the birth on his cell phone.

Both the mother and the baby girl are healthy and feeling well. The family is incredibly thankful for the officer who rushed to help them and he may have saved their daughter's life.

Seven pound five ounce baby Lelia was born just after 1 a.m. Saturday morning and while all is quiet now, the little girls entrance into the world was anything but.

"About twelve I left the house I called the hospital they told me to come in, I left," said the baby's mother, Dominique Salters.
  
So mom and dad jumped into the car, but first they had a stop to make.

"I had to drop my boys off actually first to mom's house," said Salters. "As they got out of the car my water broke, about 5 minutes later we made it to South Goodman East Avenue and her head was out."
  
 And that's where Rochester Police Officer Willo Glynn comes in.

"I was in the middle of doing a traffic stop for a minor violation and behind us, in the south of North Goodman, I could hear a vehicle that sounded like it's alarm was going off, said Officer Glynn. "I look back and it's lights were flashing and it's horn was going crazy."
   
Officer Glynn said the car pulled over and he ran up to see what was going on.

"The passenger jumped out of the front seat and was like the head is out, the head is out. As I look into the back seat there is a woman in the backseat, having a baby."
   
Glynn calls for and ambulance, but realizes there isn't enough time and the baby is going to be born right then.

"I jump into the front seat, I look at the mother and say you gotta breath. She takes a deep breath and I said push. She gives one push and the baby comes right out and into the father's hands."

Officer Glynn immediately checked the baby out.

"The baby wasn't breathing or crying or making any noise, it's eyes weren't open. So I just I did a little rub on it's chest and when I did that the little babies beautiful eyes opened up and her hands went up a little bit and she made this beautiful cry. I looked at mom and dad and said congrats, you have a baby girl."
   
Baby Lelia and her mom were taken to Rochester General Hospital and are doing just fine. Mom and dad say they are very thankful for Officer Glynn.

"He was very helpful, a lot of help and I appreciate it very much, said Salters.

The family says it is one birthday story they will be telling for a long time.

"I was in shock basically the whole time, but it was beautiful at the same time, said the baby's father, Anthony Milling. "It wasn't what I planned, but at the same time it's something I would never change."

"This is our gift man, we are going to love her forever, said Milling."

Baby Lelia was born in the back of Crown Victoria and her father joked around saying he is probably never going to sell the car.