This is one Mother’s Day a new mom in Los Angeles certainly won’t forget.
As Sasha Murphy and boyfriend Mohammed Tindley were racing to get to the hospital on time before their baby arrived around 4 a.m. Sunday morning, they were pulled over by two LAPD officers who quickly noticed why the couple was speeding through red lights.
Murphy, 20, had just delivered her own baby in the car.
“The pressure started hitting and I was like, ‘Ok, this baby is coming and I hope it’s not going to come in the car,” Murphy told ABC News of the shocking ordeal. “I kept telling myself, ‘I’m going to be able to make it, I’m going to be able to make it.’ I felt more and more pressure and I propped my feet up on the dashboard and he slid right out.”
The couple saw the police officers following behind them and realized they had two options.
“It was either keep going and get to the hospital and they’ll understand when we get there, or pull over and they’re going to help us. And that’s exactly what we did,” Murphy explained. “All they saw were legs propped up and the baby and they said, ‘Ok we gotta go.’ The female officer was the first one to approach the car and once she saw the blood and saw the baby she said, ‘It’s time to go.’”
Officers Maraea Toomalatai and Bryan Armendariz helped safely escort the proud parents the rest of the way to Dignity Health California Medical Center where baby Messiah Tindley weighed in at a healthy 7 pounds and 10 ounces.
“He’s healthy. He’s strong. He’s getting his diaper changed right now,” Murphy said.
Although the hurried delivery was a “big surprise” for Murphy, she joked that the first thought that went through her mind when the baby was born was, “Don’t show my boyfriend because he’s going to go into a panic attack.”
But all was well, and the couple is thrilled to have brought a happy ending into the hospital’s emergency room.
“Knowing I’m one of their positive stories is very good,” Murphy said. “The team at the hospital was very helpful.”
The first thing Murphy plans to do with baby Messiah when she gets out of the hospital Tuesday is “show him to his big brother.”
“He’s very excited,” she said of her 1-year-old son, Mohammed Tindley Jr.