- A young woman was being held at a police station for alleged shoplifting
- She suddenly went into labour and gave birth in the holding cell
- Both she and the baby are doing well
A young lady being held at a police station for an alleged shoplifting offence gave birth to a bouncing baby girl in a holding cell recently.
The 23-year-old woman, whose identity was not revealed, suddenly went into labour at a police station in Table View, Cape Town, on Thursday.
Police spokesperson Captain Adriana Chandler told News24 that the incident took everyone by surprise.
Chandler added that police officers rushed to help the lady and kept her calm before paramedics arrived. She explained:
The woman was very small. The officers could not tell that she was pregnant. She carried very small.
The paramedics, Kevin Jones and Fabio Moreira, safely delivered the baby. Both she and her mom are doing well, Briefly.co.za gathered.
The new mom is said to have expressed gratitude to the officers and paramedics who came to her aid.
The exact details of her case, including what she was alleged to have shoplifted, remain unclear. Police reportedly released her.
By the time she went to a local hospital, the woman had not yet chosen a name for her baby girl.
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