Trooper delivers baby at Hamilton rest stop


Published: Wednesday, January 5, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 4, 2005 at 11:17 p.m.
A Florida Highway Patrol trooper got the unlikely duty Tuesday of delivering a Georgia woman's baby at a rest stop.
FHP Cpl. Phil Sumner was approached at 5:20 p.m. by someone who told him that a woman was in labor at the Florida Welcome Center off southbound Interstate 75 in Hamilton County, said Lt. Mike Burroughs.
Sumner went over to the woman and instructed bystanders to call 911. But Selena E. Carter, 22, of Valdosta, Ga., told Sumner that she couldn't wait for an ambulance, Burroughs said.
Sumner then delivered the baby boy in the parking lot - the first time Sumner, a 16-year-veteran of the force, has ever delivered a baby. It was Sumner's fourth child.
The baby boy was named T.J. Carter and both mother and baby were transported to South Georgia Medical Center in good health, Burroughs said. Burroughs said the father was serving in the U.S. Army.

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