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Florida deputy reunites with family after helping deliver their healthy baby girl on side of highway

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A Florida deputy who helped deliver a healthy baby on the shoulder of a highway late last month reunited with the baby and her parents ahead of Mother’s Day.

The reunion happened Friday, nearly two weeks after Hillsborough County Master Deputy Daniel “Red” Jones delivered baby Lexela on Highway 60 in Plant City. 

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office shared photos of Jones holding baby Lexela alongside her parents, Luis Lopez and Lexela Nolasco.

“No, her name is NOT Red, but ‘Little Red’ is a cool nickname! What do y’all think?!” the sheriff’s office wrote, referencing the deputy’s nickname.

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Hillsborough County Master Deputy Daniel “Red” Jones helped deliver baby Lexela on Highway 60 in Plant City on April 30. Jones and the baby were reunited for the first time since her birth on Friday. (Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office)

The roadside birth unfolded April 30 as the baby’s father and mother were heading to Tampa General Hospital when Nolasco’s water broke. Realizing they wouldn’t make it to the hospital in time, a panicked Lopez sought help on the roadway and found Jones.

deputy holding newborn baby

A health baby girl was born within minutes of Jones’ arrival at the vehicle on the shoulder of Highway 60 in Plant City, Florida. (Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office)

“Five minutes before we pulled up, I had my gun on a guy getting him out of his car because he was acting a fool,” Jones told FOX13 Tampa. “And then, five minutes later, I’m delivering a baby in their car. So, you just don’t ever know. That’s the emotion of law enforcement, I guess.”

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The birth was captured on Jones’ bodycam, which shows the deputy using his training to provide the pregnant mother with encouragement and emotional support. He even cracked a light-hearted joke to help keep the parents calm.

When Jones learned it was Nolasco’s sixth baby, the deputy exclaimed, “Six! Woo! Y’all need a better hobby!” as he and the parents shared a laugh.

Deputy Jones and baby Lexela's family

Lexela’s parents, Luis Lopez and Lexela Nolasco, said they were both thankful for Jones’ help. (Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office)

Lopez and Nolasco said they are thankful that the deputy was at the right place at the right time.

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Jones, who has served with the sheriff’s office since 2001, has helped three citizens deliver babies during his time on the force.





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