Officer who delivered baby: Mom was calm, dad a frantic mess


A Dearborn couple raced to the hospital before the birth of their baby boy.

It didn't take long for them to realize they were out of time and dialed 9-1-1 and luckily the dispatcher directed them into the Westland police parking lot, because that baby was not taking his time.

Baby Hayden is sleeping peacefully after an eventful entry into the world.

It all started when Constance Laderoot was reading her daughter a book Thursday night when all of her sudden her water broke.

"I went to the bedroom and told dad, we need to go," she said. "He said already? He said what's going on. I said we have to go to the hospital."

"We got onto Ford Road and she says I think you need to call 911," said Ralph Laderoot. "I said we'll be there in 10 minutes. She goes, no I'm serious, and you need to call 911."

"I'm in the car with my wife and she is going into labor," Ralph said on his recorded 911 call. "I don't think we are going to make it into the hospital in time."

"I was okay until I started to see the head start to come out," he said afterwards. "We hadn't stopped and I started to freak out."

The dispatcher told Ralph to pull into the nearby Westland police station on Ford Road.

"Hang on honey, oh my god, oh my god, hang on honey," he said. "We're pulling in."

Once they pulled up, Sgt. Robert Kenyon ran out just in the nick of time.

"She was very calm," he said. "Dad was a frantic mess."

"I was screaming help as they were running out of the police department," Ralph said. "He was like calm down sir, everything will be okay."

"I went out she was already starting to give birth," Kenyon said. "I put gloves on real quick and out came the baby."

Kenyon waited for the healthy cry, wrapped the baby in a blanket and held him until Westland EMS arrived. The Laderoots were taken to St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia.

"They have been calling me Dr. Kenyon, nurse Kenyon," he quipped.

This 20-inch, 7-pound, 7-ounce baby boy was coming no matter what.

Ralph, Constance and now big sister Natasha are grateful the Westland first responders were there to help when Hayden arrived.

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