MOTT HAVEN, the Bronx — Two police officers saved an unconscious baby in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx Friday night when the baby's mother ran with her out on the street and called for help.
Around 8:30 p.m. Friday, plainclothes officers Felix Baez and Giovanni Laguna, both on the force for four years, were on a routine patrol at the Mitchell Houses between 138 Street and Willis Avenue in Mott Haven when they saw a woman running down the block calling for help in Spanish, police said.
Baez and Laguna stopped their car and identified themselves to the woman. That's when they noticed the infant in her arms was turning blue.
Laguna immediately placed the baby on the ground and began CPR while Baez called for an ambulance.
Laguna continued CPR for about a minute and then noticed the baby's eyes opening and felt a faint pulse.
Baez and Laguna then decided to take the infant and her mother to a nearby hospital. Laguna continued chest compressions on the infant and Baez continued to communicate with the radio dispatcher, according to police.
Various other officers helped to expedite the trip by stopping traffic at several intersections.
The baby, named Ashley Delores, is in stable condition at Lincoln Hospital and still being treated.
It was the first time the NYPD officers had ever used their CPR training on the job."
"It feels great," officers Felix Baez and Giovanni Laguna said at a sidewalk news news conference, "to help someone like that."
The officers said it's been the best day ever on the job.