LAPD helps mom who delivered own baby on Mother's Day

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Los Angeles police officers Maraea Toomalatai and Brian Armendariz helped Sasha Murphy, who delivered her own baby in a car, get to the hospital on Mother's Day.

Two Los Angeles police officers helped a mother who delivered her own baby on Mother's day.

Officials said the officers spotted a car speeding northbound on Grand Avenue near Adams Boulevard at about 5 a.m. Sunday.

Officers Maraea Toomalatai and Bryan Armendariz pulled the vehicle over and quickly realized the passenger, Sasha Murphy, had just given birth in the car.

The officers told the father, Mohammed Tindley, who was driving, to follow them.

"He's driving fast, trying to make it here. He runs a couple of red lights and then we get caught by the cops. They pull us over and see the baby. They start saying, 'We have a 2-13, we have a 2-13! We have to escort you guys.' Then they escorted us to the hospital," Murphy recalled.

"I saw her legs propped up on the dash and I just saw a lot of blood. My whole face was just focused on her eyes and she was just in shock. At that moment I knew what we were dealing with," Toomalatai explained.

"The husband was screaming out the car, 'Baby, baby!' We're like, 'No, stay in the car. Wait, wait.' We ran back to the car and said, 'Hey follow us.' And we hit the sirens all the way to the hospital and got them here safely," Armendariz said.

Toomalatai and Armendariz escorted the vehicle to Dignity Health California Medical Center on South Hope Street.

One officer ran inside to alert the hospital staff while the other officer stayed with Murphy.

Medical officials said Murphy and her baby boy, Messiah Tindely, who was born weighing 7 pounds and 10 ounces, were both healthy and doing well.

Murphy said she'll never forgot the experience or the reactions by the officers.

"He didn't know what to do when he saw me pull the baby up. His face was priceless, it was priceless. Even the female cop's face, she was priceless," Murphy joked. "It was a good experience for all of us."
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