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Mom thanks 2 LAPD officers for saving baby in South Los Angeles

A mother on Tuesday got a chance to thank two police officers who saved her baby's life in South Los Angeles.
March 25, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
A mother on Tuesday got a chance to thank two police officers who saved her baby's life in South Los Angeles.

"Thank you so much for saving my baby's life. If it wasn't for you, I don't know what would have happened," said Charmaine Gooden.

Two Lapd officers saved her son, Javon Stevenson, after he suffered a sudden seizure in the car and stopped breathing.

"His eyes rolled in the back of his head and he was looking out the window. His eyes were blinking," Gooden said, trying to hold back tears as she recounts that day. "It's emotional for me -- to see your baby like that."

It happened Saturday afternoon as Officers Andres Cardenas and Johnny Han were on patrol. They saw Gooden driving erratically honking her horn.

"She frantically came to the side of our vehicle and said, 'My child is not breathing,'" recalled Cardenas.

Han said his partner started chest compressions while he called for an ambulance.

The pair, who are both fathers and have been on the force nearly 15 years, say their training took over.

"I gave him a small chest compression. Once I did that, I saw him move a little bit. So I took him out of his car seat and held him to make sure his airway was open," said Cardenas.

The 17-month-old was released from the hospital Tuesday night. Gooden says doctors still don't know what caused her son's life-threatening seizure, but they do know the officers' actions saved his life.

"If it wasn't for them to turn that corner, I don't know what I would have done. I would have been driving around with a deceased baby," said Gooden.


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