Detroit fire officials rescue baby born to 13-year-old on toilet

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Detroit fire officials rescued a baby boy who was born on a bathroom toilet Monday to a 13-year-old girl on the city's west side.

The mother's 12-year-old sister called 911 about 4:20 p.m. to report that the teen was in labor at a home on Edinborough. The baby was on the floor by the time Engine 59 firefighters arrived, said Terry Sanders, an emergency medical technician who also responded to the scene.

Firefighters had started performing CPR and giving the infant oxygen when Sanders' team with Medic Truck 18 reached the home.

The newborn was rushed to an ambulance, where he regained a pulse but still needed ventilation to breathe as Sanders and his partner took the newborn and the 13-year-old to nearby Sinai-Grace Hospital, the medic said.

The baby and his mother, who told emergency personnel she was unaware of her pregnancy, were transferred to Children's Hospital of Michigan downtown, Sanders said.

"It’s not an everyday occurrence but it does happen," Sanders said of the rescue.

Latrice Crawford, a Detroit Police Department spokeswoman, said police are still gathering information on the matter. 

Updates on the conditions of the mother and child were unavailable, officials said Tuesday.