A baby was born in a parking lot Thursday morning in North Fork, a delivery celebrated by sheriff’s officers who raced to the scene to help.
About 10:20 a.m., the Madera County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a woman in labor and dispatched a lieutenant and a detective to the parking lot of Bass Fork Mini Mart on Road 200.
The officers broke free of patrol duties at the French fire in the Sierra National Forest and sped to the parking lot, sheriff’s spokeswoman Erica Stuart said.
About 20 minutes later, Lt. Tyson Pogue and Detective Kristine Hawk called dispatchers and announced happily: “It’s a boy!”
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Stuart said the mother and her husband, who were not identified, were headed to a relative’s house to drop off their two children when the woman went into labor.
Both mother and newborn baby reportedly are fine. Stuart said the father tied the umbilical chord and deputies assisted the mother and newborn as they waited for paramedics to arrive.
Before leaving the parking lot, the family handed Hawk a cellphone with a parting request: To snap a picture of mom, dad and newborn baby.
Pogue sent a text about the ordeal: “Best day ever!”