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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

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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