Newton police officer saves baby from suffocation

NEWTON, MA – A Newton police officer is credited with helping save the life of a five-day-old child after responding to a call of a girl not breathing.

Newton police said Officer Peterson Gilbert responded to the call on April 26 and took the child from her parents, administered multiple blows to the back and was able to dislodge milk that was blocking her airways.


Police said Coastal Medical Transportation Systems followed to the scene and took the child to a local hospital for further evaluation. Police said on the department’s social media that Baby Naomi was “doing great” and that she and her parents stopped by the station to personally thank Officer Gilbert.

“Great job by Officer Gilbert and dispatcher (Anthony) Capone who answered the initial 9-1-1 call for assistance,” police said.

(Scott Souza is a Patch Field Editor. He can be reached at [email protected].)