NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A trio of paramedics rescued a newborn baby in Brooklyn on Thursday.

Police said the baby’s mother, Shoshannah Muhammad, inexplicably handed the child off to a stranger. The stranger flagged down a police officer, and EMS arrived shortly thereafter. Muhammad was later arrested and is facing felony charges.

Just after 6 p.m. Wednesday, a woman called 911 from Bedford Avenue in Crown Heights.

Caller: “This baby is going to die out here in the street. She has a white pillow case on her head. The baby is in a thin blanket. This baby’s umbilical cord is at least over a foot long. This thing was not born in no damn hospital.”

Operator: “OK, we have the ambulance and the police responding.”

FDNY Paramedic Carl Gandolfo said the baby had lost her pulse and already turned blue by the time they arrived.

“I have a 15-month-old. It definitely hits home, especially when it’s a pediatric call. The baby is blue and you want to do all you can like it’s your own,” he told CBS 2’s Chris Wragge.

“I immediately opened the airway, gave two rescue breaths and the baby began to cry. That’s when my partner arrived with the ambulance,” Gandolfo added.

“When the baby left our care, she was pink and she was crying. It was good and it was an honor,” added paramedic Jamaal Shabazz.

“It feels great. I mean everything just feels great on the job. That’s what we train for. That’s what we live for,” said paramedic Terence Lau.

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Comments (9)
  1. Angel says:

    People in our own country leave me speechless, each day it seems that when I read the news an American disgraces us all by being plan stupid on judgements. This woman and others like her should be shipped to other countries were no love is given. Bless all those that saved this babies life you are her hero’s.

  2. moi says:

    maybe its a muslim thing

  3. Alyssa says:

    I have an 11 day old sleeping right next to me, I can’t believe what some trash bags will do to helpless innocent children.

  4. amina says:

    isn’t it a safe haven state? why do more people not know about the safe haven options??

  5. Jane says:

    At least she didn’t dump it in a trash can somewhere, she gave it a chance by handing it off. It could have been a lot worse.

  6. nurse says:

    PRAISE to the paramedics…very emotional i’m sure….Good job guys!

  7. ImpishLisa says:

    good job to the caller and person(s) that rescued it from dying.
    A happier ending than it could have been.

  8. teremist says:

    GOOD JOB by the paramedics. I hope the mother also got medical care.

    1. joe says:

      YOU MEAN PSYCHIATRIC CARE…..very sick person!

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