Downstate couple delivers baby on highway

December 29, 2009 9:11:59 AM PST
A downstate couple welcomed a new member to the family on the shoulder of an interstate. Shaniece Holeman and her boyfriend Justin Howell were running errands Monday when Holeman went into labor along I-72 between Springfield and Jacksonville.

Howell rushed to the hospital. But their baby wouldn't wait. He pulled over to the shoulder and called 911. Emergency dispatchers talked him through the delivery.

A few minutes later, paramedics arrived to care for the new baby girl, named Teagan. Teagan is healthy but won't be able to go home for a few days.


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