A woman who stopped inside a downtown Los Angeles courthouse to pay a bill left with a little bit more than a receipt: a newborn baby boy.
When the pregnant mom-to-be walked down the hall of the Stanley Mosk Courthouse just before noon Thursday, she suddenly felt labor pain. Onlookers watched and sprung into action.
"She goes down on the floor, she's leaning on the chair, she's like, 'No, the baby's coming right now!" LA County Sheriff's Deputy M. Oliver told NBC4. "And I'm like, 'No wait,' and she's like, 'I can't wait, the baby is coming right now."
About a dozen people scrambled to help the woman as Oliver went to get some towels and gloves.
"When we laid on the floor, on her back, she pulled her trousers down, and then I look and I see ... that's the baby's head!" Oliver said. "So I go down on my knees, cradle the baby's head, and the baby slides right into my hand, a healthy baby boy."
The sheriff's department tweeted a photo right after the birth and said "Mom & baby fine!"
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Witnesses said the woman barely had to push and it took her just five minutes.
"I'm still surprised and shocked," the mother told NBC4 from the hospital as she held her newborn son, Malachi. "And it's actually hilarious ... When he was born everybody cheered."