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Baby born healthy on side of I-285 in snowstorm
by Staff Reports
January 28, 2014 06:42 PM | 1556 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
(UPDATED AT 11:00 P.M. WITH NEWS OF ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS OPENING A SHELTER )

In an email to the media Tuesday night, Capt. Steve Rose, a spokesman for the Sandy Springs Police Department, said a baby girl was born on the side of Interstate 285 Tuesday at about 5:25 p.m., with help from Officer Tim Sheffield and the father.

“The delivery was done in the parents’ car that was stranded on I-285 near Riverside Drive,” Rose said. “The delivery appears to have been without complications and EMS personnel arrived minutes later. The child and parents are being transported to the hospital.

“Due to the immense call volume and current traffic situation going on, the officer is not available to speak to media. He, like the others, are going on call right now. I will try to make arrangements as soon as possible but in all probability, it won’t be tonight. There are no photos of the new baby that I’m aware of and I am not sure which hospital they were taken to. I’ll get some follow up information as soon as this traffic episode is over.”

In other snowstorm-related news, Rose said in an email Tuesday night the city's parks and recreation staff is in the process of opening a shelter at Hammond Park for anyone who is stranded. The park is located at the corner of Hammond and Glenridge drives.

In related news, Atlanta Public Schools spokeswoman Kimberly Willis Green emailed the media a statement regarding today's weather.

"Atlanta Public Schools has called an emergency shelter in place for all students and staff who remain in schools due to inclement weather and adverse road conditions. We will continue to transport students who are already en route on buses, and parents will still be permitted to pick up students. For students who are sheltered in our schools, we will ensure proper security, supervision, and food. District leadership will continue to monitor the weather to provide additional updates."
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