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UPDATE: Unresponsive Baby Revived After Mother Gives Birth On Her Barnegat Lawn

Baby stable; woman didn't know she was pregnant, police said

NBC-10 footage of cops responding to the scene
NBC-10 footage of cops responding to the scene

UPDATE: Barnegat emergency personnel revived an unresponsive newborn baby Tuesday just after the boy was born on his 21-year-old mother's lawn, police said.

The baby belonging to Elizabeth Whitehead - who told police she did not know she was pregnant - was reportedly stable, crying and producing bodily fluids late Tuesday at Jersey Shore Medical Center, according to emergency personnel.

"it looks like he's going to pull through," said Michael Essig, a Quality Transport EMT.

The mother, who went in a separate ambulance to Southern Ocean County Hospital, was treated and released.

Two Barnegat police officers and members of Quality Medical Transport delivered the 24-week baby at the Pulaski Drive home, police said.

At 11 a.m., Officers Michael Moore and Vincent Damiano responded to the Pulaski Drive home after learning that a 21-year-old woman had just given birth.

After arriving within three minutes, the officers found Whitehead and the baby, who was not breathing at the time and had no pulse, police said.

Moore and Damiano immediately performed CPR on the newborn until the ambulance arrived. Moore then assisted first aid personnel by continuing CPR in the back of the ambulance during the baby's transport to Southern Ocean Medical Center, police said.

Other personnel, meanwhile, treated Whitehead and awaited a second ambulance at the scene, police said.

After two rounds of CPR, the baby started crying after 20 seconds, Essig said. Police and emergency personnel gave the baby a total of five rounds of CPR while the mother was lying next to the infant.

"We kind of moved her a little away from him so we could get in there. She was a wreck," Essig said.

Whitehead told rescue workers she had taken two pregnancy tests and they came back negative, Essig said.

Damiano, however, said the mother and father were "surprisingly very calm the entire time." He said that when police arrived, "the baby was completely untouched on the lawn.. It was still attached to the umbilical cord and placenta."

He said the baby's face was turning purple and, through CPR, police stabilized his breathing until first aid got there and used suction to clear the airways.

The baby was later transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune where he could receive better ICU treatment, police said.

“It’s an amazing feeling to know that we could help give this baby a fighting chance,” said Moore.  

This is a developing story and will be updated as more details become available.

By Dakota Schrantz, Patricia Miller, Tom Davis and Daniel Nee

john sprofera June 26, 2013 at 12:08 PM
congratulations go out to the respoding police officers for their quick thinking and response. job well done guys!
Rick June 26, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Congratulations to our local police for a job well done.
KeepitReal June 26, 2013 at 03:51 PM
I don't care how many she took. I've had a child. I've also missed periods. She should have went to the doctor if she was already purchasing 2 tests. She knew something wasn't right. I'm not saying her child should be taken away AT ALL!! No Way! Just should have taken better measures so she and the baby was getting correct treatment and on the vitamins needed. Could be a part of why he came early. Thank god he's alive. It's incredible work on the police and EMS team. Can you imagine her shock!
Cindy June 26, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Good job and a very happy ending. But it seems to me she did have a suspicion she was pregnant. Why take 2 pregnancy tests then? Somehow she realized that something was not the same.
Charles J. Giles June 26, 2013 at 09:25 PM
Congratulations To Barnegat Police Officers Damiano & Moore. Congratulations also to Quality Medical Transport EMS. By working together as a Team you have a confirmed CPR Save!! Prayers also going out to the family!
Donna Kirk Gidley June 26, 2013 at 09:50 PM
I have a very hard time accepting that a woman does not know she is pregnant that far long...really, she would be showing, her breasts would have increased in size, you know...sounds to me like she was in denial or tried to hide it and now the cats out of the bag....glad the child survived, praying for a healthy outcome.
C June 26, 2013 at 11:36 PM
She was producing bodily fluids? What exactly does that mean & did we have to know that? I'm just glad the baby survived & hope the mom gets some sort of help to her prepare for this unexpected birth.
Rick June 27, 2013 at 06:29 AM
C, The comment about producing bodily fluids referred to the newborn, not the mother. It is an indicator that the baby is doing well.
Karen Nisivoccia-Campbell June 27, 2013 at 08:35 AM
Some women bleed each month around their period time thru an entire pregnancy. I had my first child at 22. I did not wear maternity clothes till well into 6 months and you don't know what to expect movement wise. My best description butterfly wings fluttering. Wishing the best for this new mom and baby. All you perfect people need to go start your own society and leave the imperfect alone.
Girlfromthe609 June 27, 2013 at 10:28 AM
I read she has a 9month old son already.. Really?!? I'm pregnant with my first child right now.. And I'm almost 38 weeks.. I knew something was up after a couple weeks of not getting my "friend" I took like 5 tests cause the first 2 weren't quite clear.. And went to the drs to take an official one!!! I'm glad the babies okay but what's up with the parents?!?
barbara June 27, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Great work by the officers and all responders. Only thing I don't get, after having 3 births and being in labor for many hours, why did she give birth on the lawn? Did she not have labor pains and the baby came out just like that?
GirlBrain June 27, 2013 at 09:10 PM
She has a 9 month old son, she may not have gotten her period since the last child's birth; especially if she is nursing. Thankful for the officers.
KeepitReal June 28, 2013 at 08:03 AM
Candidate for Birth Control! I'm curious to what she was wearing that it had to happen on the lawn. Was she running outside for help?
KeepitReal June 28, 2013 at 08:11 AM
Also does that mean her mother and father were very calm? That's just strange. She has her hands full now. So much for the fun of being 21!
CPOTom June 28, 2013 at 08:35 AM
If Obama had his way, they'd have just left the baby on the lawn for dead.
bob June 28, 2013 at 09:54 AM
Please explain to me how Obama has anything to do with article.
Rick June 28, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Keepitreal, What is a "candidate" for birth control? Are only some people allowed to use it? And, is there some particular type of clothing that induces labor?
grace June 28, 2013 at 07:40 PM
no cpo tom mr obama would have signed the baby up for all its ENTITLED benefits...probably sending out a check tonight
Thomas A. Blasi June 28, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Let’s get real basic, if you are a female and you are having sex eventually you’re going to get pregnant. This female is 21, that is not a child, I’m sorry but I find it difficult to believe her story. Something is wrong here. Yes, I’m a male but I’m also married and a father.
KeepitReal June 28, 2013 at 10:35 PM
It means Rick she needs to be on it. She's irresponsible.
Rick June 28, 2013 at 11:02 PM
Maybe you could advise her as to what is a 100% effective method of birth control.
Karen Nisivoccia-Campbell June 29, 2013 at 08:54 AM
No Bob you dink I am actually a "Bennie" transplant from 973.
Rick June 29, 2013 at 11:38 PM
Karen, Everyone in Ocean County is a transplanted Bennie
KeepitReal June 30, 2013 at 07:51 AM
Rick you need to shut it down now! Your getting ridiculous. This story should be over until or if the parents feel like giving an update with the baby. Enough. I'm not transplanted here. I all ready know your theory on it. If your born at the shore you are a true Jersey girl/boy. Otherwise include yourself as a BENNY!
KeepitReal June 30, 2013 at 08:00 AM
The Patch should remove this now till a new update. It really is bashing the girl and I for one was part of it. I say lets stop and wait for a nice family picture now. It's happened it's over. Wonderful job to those officers & EMS. God bless all of them.
KeepitReal June 30, 2013 at 08:09 AM
Also where does it state that she's on Welfare? I don't see that in this article. I may have missed that. I'm a single mom and for 5 years have worked and struggled. Welfare is my last resort. For some people it would mean sucking up all your pride to get on that line. Don't assume.
Thomas A. Blasi June 30, 2013 at 01:45 PM
It is not my intent to ‘bash’ the girl; certainly having a child out of wedlock is not a crime though in more conservative circles it is considered unacceptable. The point I am trying to get across is the fact that if a female has unprotected sex she is going to get pregnant, I personally do not hold much credence in the Immaculate Conception theory. This not the first time she has given birth but her second time, I find it difficult to believe that she did not know she was pregnant. And finally, I want to make the readers understand that someone is going to pay the cost for this and that someone is you and I.
Rick June 30, 2013 at 06:43 PM
I must agree with both of KeepitReal's last posts. I know several couples who married at 19 or 20, raised their families and are still together 50 or 60 years later. AND, at least one article about this event says that she lives at that address with her boyfriend. Nothing about them living with either one's parents. That address is not some place someone could afford if they were on welfare. So once again, congratulations to the two Barnegat police officers and the EMTs who responded, and to the parents of the newborn baby boy.
KeepitReal June 30, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Well said Rick. Very nice.
Karen Nisivoccia-Campbell July 01, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Actually Rick not everyone is a transplant. My children were born here. So are they bennies by association?

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