Mother’s Day 2016 will always be a memorable day for Sasha Murphy, who gave birth inside her car early Sunday morning after being escorted to a hospital by two Los Angeles Police Department officers.
Three days past her due date, a very pregnant Murphy was in the passenger seat of the white four-door Chevrolet, driven by Mohammed Tindley, the child's father, about 5 a.m. Police saw the vehicle speeding in the area of Adams Boulevard and Grand Avenue, just south of downtown, the LAPD said in a statement.
Officers Maraea Toomalatai and Brian Armendariz, who were on patrol in the area, followed the Chevrolet and conducted a traffic stop.
"The father stuck his head out of the window and screamed, 'Baby! Baby!'" Toomalatai later recounted at a press conference, where she and her partner were reunited with Murphy and the newborn. "At that time, we weren't quite sure, so I walked up to the car and I saw both of her legs propped up on the dashboard."
When they realized that one of the two “frantic” occupants was about to give birth, the officers told Tindley to follow them, according to the news release.
A “code 3” police escort ensued, with downtown’s Dignity Health California Hospital Medical Center as its destination.
When the two-vehicle motorcade arrived at the facility, one officer alerted the hospital staff while the other assisted Murphy, who gave birth inside the car, the LAPD said.
"I felt that it was something coming out and I had to catch it," Murphy, smiling broadly, recalled hours after the delivery.
The healthy baby boy, who weighed 7.6 pounds and measured 21 inches, was named Messiah Tindley.
"It's something you definitely see in movies, in TV shows," Armendariz said, "but to actually see it firsthand and experience it -- it definitely throws you off."