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    Newark police officers save toddler's life

    Mother says Newark police officers saved toddler's life
    by Jonathan Schuppe/The Star-Ledger

    Tuesday February 19, 2008, 7:05 PM


    A Newark mother credited two police officers with saving the life of her 19-month-old son today after he went into a flu-related seizure and stopped breathing.

    "This was a blessing, a miracle," the mother, Nykechi Taylor, told reporters at a press conference a few hours after the rescue.

    Taylor, a 30-year-old Newark police aide, said her son, Jahshamir Quainoo, fell ill after she left him in the care of her sister at their home on Norwood Street. Taylor was making a trip to her credit union around 10:30 a.m. when her sister called in a panic, saying he wasn't breathing.

    The sister tried clearing his nose, but she didn't know CPR, so she ran to a nearby firehouse. She caught the attention of police officers Miguel Sanabria and Manny Souto, partners in the Fourth Precinct who were patrolling the neighborhood.

    They put the boy in their cruiser and raced toward University Hospital, trying in vain to resuscitate him. On South 9th Street, they saw an ambulance. "We cut it off and hijacked them just so we could keep the baby going," Sanabria said.

    The EMTs inside put Jahshamir on an oxygen machine and got him breathing again, the officers said. They took him to the hospital, where Taylor was already waiting. The boy was treated for a 103-degree fever and the flu.

    Mayor Cory Booker called the officers heroes. Police Director Garry McCarthy said the story showed how Newark officers "make a difference in people's lives."

    Jahshamir rested his head on his mother's shoulder while she recounted the ordeal. She thanked the officers, both fathers, and they fought back tears. Asked how they were going to end their day, Souta said, "We're going to hug our kids."




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    Who saved the baby? Newark story in dispute

    Firefighters say one of their own, not police, brought limp 19-month-old back to life
    Thursday, February 21, 2008 BY JEFFERY C. MAYS AND JONATHAN SCHUPPE
    Star-Ledger Staff
    It was a feel-good story, about two Newark cops saving an 19-month-old who had stopped breathing.
    Mayor Cory Booker and Police Director Garry McCarthy hastily arranged a news conference Tuesday to praise the two officers. Booker called them heroes. McCarthy said it showed how officers "make a difference in people's lives."
    Just one problem: Seven Newark firemen and fire clerks say the story didn't happen the way it was told at the news conference.
    They maintain it was fire clerk Eric Smith who performed a first-aid maneuver that brought the limp toddler, Jahshamir Quainoo back to life, before the two police officers brought him to a hospital.
    "The baby wasn't breathing," said Smith, who has training as a first responder. "I knew (the hits) would shock the baby and clear his breathing passage. The baby started screaming and crying. I knew the baby was breathing again."
    The boy's aunt, who was baby-sitting in his Norwood Street home Tuesday morning, carried him to the nearby fire headquarters Tuesday after he stopped breathing.
    They were brought inside the headquarters to keep them warm until an ambulance arrived, the witnesses said. When employees grew impatient waiting for the ambulance, they went out and flagged down the police officers.
    According to the story relayed by city officials and supported by the aunt, police officers Miguel Sanabria and Manny Souto arrived at fire headquarters to find the boy "lifeless." They rushed the boy toward University Hospital, intercepting an ambulance on the way.
    "When we arrived to the scene we found a lifeless, unresponsive baby. He seemed dead. We reacted before we could think," Souto said in a statement.
    The seven firefighters and fire clerks said, however, that by the time the officers arrived, Jahshamir was awake, alert, crying and definitely breathing.
    "The baby was sitting on the caregiver's lap. It was breathing and crying," said Capt. Kevin Reilly, a firefighter of 12 years who had rushed downstairs with an oxygen tank after he was notified there was a lifeless baby outside of headquarters.
    "The child wasn't limp or lifeless when we put them in the police car. The child was breathing and alert. He was responding," said firefighter Juan Palleija. "It didn't happen like they said. Everyone is upset."
    Fire clerk Bertha Stinson, describing the maneuver to help a choking child, said: "It was like a little tap. He came back, caught his own breath and started crying."
    Debra Tyler, 48, had been left in care of her nephew by the boy's mother, Nykechi Taylor, 30, a police aide.
    "They were fine," Tyler said of the firemen. "I have nothing against them. I went to them for help. And yes, they were willing to help me. But at that time, it didn't call for their help. Because the police came with the car. I was swept up by them. I was looking for anyone to help."
    Tyler said that when they got into the police car, the boy was still gasping for air, convulsing and "lethargic."
    After the officers stopped an ambulance, the boy was given an oxygen mask and an IV line and brought to University Hospital.
    Jahshamir was diagnosed with a febrile seizure and the flu and was given Motrin. He was released from University Hospital with his mother around 3 p.m. They went straight to the news conference, which the boy's aunt did not attend.
    A police spokesman, Detective Todd McClendon, declined comment yesterday.
    Booker spokeswoman Esmeralda Diaz Cameron said the mayor was briefed about the incident by police officials and that the public information office obtained all of their information from police and family members.
    "It was a positive news story," Diaz Cameron said. "At the end of the day the baby's life was saved because these two cops went above and beyond."
    Asked why the news conference was pulled together in such an unusually urgent fashion, Diaz Cameron said it was "big news for the police department."
    "The only thing we knew was that a baby was alive and two cops were involved," Diaz Cameron said. "It looks like a lot of agencies came together to help this baby."
    Fire department employees agreed and credited the officers for their action yesterday.
    "They did an outstanding job," said Reilly, who added that although Jahshamir was alert and breathing he still needed a trip to the hospital.
    "We have nothing against the police, just give the man some credit," firefighter Fred Thompson said of Smith.
    Smith said he just wanted to set the record straight. He has an 11-month-old who recently choked on food and he had to perform the same procedure,
    "If we didn't react the way we did, who knows," Smith said. "God knows the truth. That's what matters."
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