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After SUV crashes on way to hospital, Lilburn officers find newborn under backseat

When officers responded to a wrecked Chevrolet Tahoe early Monday morning, they were met with a distraught family searching for a newborn.

The driver told Lilburn police she was on her way to the hospital about 5 a.m. so her daughter could give birth, but the baby was born sooner than expected — when the SUV crashed.

Danny Bride (from left), Matt Madden, Cepada Huff
Photo: Lilburn Police Department

Dazed and injured, the two women and a 1-year-old girl in the SUV could not find the newborn.

“Where was the baby at?” one officer asked the 47-year-old driver, who frantically responded, “In her womb! She was giving birth while we were driving.”

She told police she was driving too fast when she tried to turn onto Bradley Woods Court from Lawrenceville Highway, striking a curb, power pole, brick wall and fence as a result, according to a police incident report.

The intersection was shut down as Sgt. Matt Madden and officers Cepada Huff and Danny Bride searched for the baby, who remained in the crumpled vehicle. 

The officers searched through the wreckage for a few minutes, finding the baby underneath the backseat. The newborn was handed over to paramedics, who took the infant to a hospital. 

The baby was not seriously injured and is stable.

The other family members were taken to Gwinnett Medical Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

“I’m very proud of our officers,” police Chief Bruce Hedley said in a news release. “Their quick thinking and teamwork helped save the life of this newborn.”

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