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Hall deputy delivers baby on side of Candler Road
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Hall County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Shon Atkins helped deliver a baby on the night of May 27 at Ga. 60/Candler Road .

A Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputy responding to a naked pregnant woman walking down Ga. 60/Candler Road helped deliver her baby, according to authorities.

Deputy Shon Atkins from the patrol division responded the night of May 27 to the call at Candler Road near Construction Drive, according to a news release sent Friday.

Atkins had heard the report of a woman jumping out in front of traffic before finding her near Construction Drive. The woman, he said, was wearing a robe and boy shorts before she started to undress.

“She gets down on the ground and spreads her legs, and I see the baby crowning,” the deputy said.

According to authorities, the woman appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine.

Atkins ran over and tried to keep the woman calm while calling in details to dispatch about the situation.

While continuing communication with EMS and dispatch, the woman pushed and delivered a baby girl, Atkins said.

The next thought, he said, was to find a way to keep the crying baby warm on a cold night while EMS is on the way.

“I go through my mind of what’s in my car, and the only thing that I have is my coat that’s kind of thick for the winter,” Atkins said.

Atkins grabbed the fleece coat while the umbilical cord was still intact between the mother and the child, but he said he didn’t have any way of removing the fluids in the child’s mouth and nose.

“In the middle of all this, I felt like there was a calm. I looked down at the baby ... and I said a quick prayer for this baby. Here we are outside, and I asked God to keep the baby healthy,” Atkins said.

Atkins and other officers arrived later to tend to the baby and keep the mother calm before EMS arrived to take them to the hospital.

“I checked on the baby to do a follow-up the day after, and the baby was doing fine,” Atkins said. “I was so happy that God answered a prayer.”

Atkins, who has been with the Sheriff’s Office for three years in a 10-year law enforcement career, said moments like those are “extremely rewarding.”

“I was there at the right time to help her so EMS can get there to do their job,” he said. “We just all work together, and it’s just a great feeling.”

Lt. Scott Ware said Friday the baby remained healthy. No update was available on the mother’s condition.