Police officers help family after baby delivered in bathroom of New Jersey home

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Police officers help family deliver baby in bathroom of New Jersey home
Meet Nico - he made his grand entrance in his parents' bathroom in New Jersey.

WOOD-RIDGE, New Jersey (WABC) -- Meet Nico - he made his grand entrance in his parents' bathroom in New Jersey.

It happened at 2:30 a.m. on Good Friday. Once the contractions began, dad started packing for the hospital -- but the couple's second child had other plans.

"The head I delivered myself," mom Sasha Jackson said. "The rest of the body, thankfully my husband was there for that."

Two pushes and baby Nico was born. He did not wait for officers to arrive, but he did need some medical assistance.

"The baby was actually still blue at the time," Wood-Ridge Police Officer Mike Mueller said. "Wrapped him up in a blanket, checking for a pulse...asked my partner for a bulb syringe. A short time later, he gave us a little squeak. His color started coming through his body."

Officers Mueller and Rob Cangialosi not only got the baby breathing, but they also tied his umbilical cord with the father's shoelace.

"As long as the family is healthy, baby is healthy, it's a good day for us," Cangialosi said.

The happy delivery story didn't end there, and a few days later, the same officers came back for a surprise house call.

They gave baby Nico a police outfit, and older brother Luca got a toy police car -- and he got to check out the real cruiser.

"You couldn't wish for two better policemen to arrive," said Nico's father, Michael.

The Jacksons now have two healthy boys. Each of the officers has two boys themselves, and they will always share that magical night when little Nico decided to arrive two days early.

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