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Westland Police Help Woman Deliver Baby In Parking Lot

WESTLAND (WWJ) - Authorities say Westland police officers went beyond the typical call of duty, helping with a very special delivery.

Around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Westland police received a 911 call from Ralph Laderoot, stating that his pregnant wife was going into labor and they were still on the way to the hospital.

"See, I'm in the car with my wife, she's going into labor and I don't think we're going to make it to the hospital in time," a calm Laderoot tells the dispatcher.

Laderoot, of Dearborn, then says he's going to pull into a nearby fire department when his wife audibly screams in the background. "Just breathe," he reassures her.

That's when tensions start to rise and the panic sets in. "Ok, that fire department is closed though," the dispatcher says, directing the couple to the police station. "Pull in there, I'm going to get rescue on the way and I'll get somebody out there. What kind of car are you in?"

But Laderoot couldn't answer -- his wife was so far into the labor process, the baby's head was starting to crown.

"Hang on hun. Hold on honey," a now frantic Laderoot tells his wife, who is clearly in pain. "Oh my god! Oh my god! Oh my god! Hang on honey I'm pulling in. Holy s***!"

Officers inside the police station rushed out of the building to see what was going on.

"Help! We need help! She's having a baby," Laderoot is heard in the background of the 911 call, pleading with officers.

Sergeant Robert Kenyon went to assist the woman and found that the baby's head was already visible. As he held onto the baby during the delivery, Sgt. Kenyon checked to make sure the umbilical cord was not wrapped around the newborn's neck. At that moment, the baby started to cry.

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Westland police help delivery baby Hayden in the police station parking lot. (police handout)

Sgt. Kenyon held onto the child, a boy named Hayden, until the Westland Fire Department arrived. Mother and baby were then taken to a nearby hospital, where both were reported in good health.


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