Police officers deliver baby in Gilbert parking lot

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GILBERT — An off-duty detective and a patrol officer helped deliver a couple's sixth child in a Gilbert parking lot early Monday morning.

Matthew Casteel was driving to the hospital when he called 911 just after 7 a.m. indicating his wife was in labor. He pulled into a parking lot at Lindsay and Elliot roads when he realized the birth was imminent.

Off-duty Gilbert Police Det. Jon Halliday was at the intersection and stopped to help. A baby girl was delivered minutes later, but was not breathing because of mucus blocking her airway. Gilbert Police Ofc. Michael Cluff cleared the mucus and she began breathing normally.

Fire EMS arrived on scene and took over medical treatment. The mother and infant were taken to Mercy Gilbert Hospital, where both are reportedly doing well.

Ivy Kate Casteel weighed in at 10 pounds 6 ounces.