LAPD officers assist in Mother’s Day delivery of baby boy


It was a Mother’s Day to remember for all involved.

When Los Angeles Police Officers Maraea Toomalatai and Brian Armendariz pulled over a speeding car near downtown about 5 a.m. Sunday, they found two frantic occupants.

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6:16 p.m., May 8: An earlier version of this post misspelled the last name of Los Angeles Police Officer Maraea Toomalatai.

The passenger, Sasha Murphy, was about to give birth.

The officers instructed the father, Mohammed Tindley, to follow them, giving the couple a police escort to Dignity Health California Medical Center.

When they arrived at the hospital, one officer alerted staff while the other assisted Murphy, who gave birth to a healthy baby boy, police said.


Messiah Tindley was born inside the vehicle escorted by the officers, the LAPD said.

The officers, who each have three years of service, “made an everlasting impression in our community,” a department statement said.

“The officers’ quick thinking, compassion, reasoning and loving character reflected positively in our community,” the LAPD said. “These two officers understand the importance of our mission, vision and core values and should be commended.”

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