Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

July 26, 2008

Baby delivered in parking lot

Landon Floyd Burnett was born in the front seat of a Dodge Neon


Travis and Nicole Burnett thought they had time to visit friends in Peru Thursday night, before checking into the hospital for Nicole’s labor to be induced to have their third child Friday morning.

Turns out, they were wrong.

Nicole went into labor while in Peru, so she and Travis started driving their 2000 Dodge Neon toward St. Joseph Hospital in Kokomo.

“Peru to Kokomo is a 30-minute trip, and it was done in 15 minutes,” Travis said.

Nicole started writing down when her contractions came, first about six minutes apart, but then so fast there was no time to write them down.

“They were just kind of back to back. It was insane,” Nicole said.

As they came to the intersection of Phillips and Jefferson streets in Kokomo, Nicole yelled to Travis that the baby was here.

“She was in my lap while I was trying to drive. I pulled in at Soupley’s and yelled for someone to call an ambulance, and there he was.”

While bystanders called 911, Travis Burnett ran around to the passenger side and opened the door to help his wife.

By the time the first police officer arrived, Nicole had wrapped baby Landon Floyd Burnett, 5 pounds, 7 ounces, in a jacket from the back seat.

“He was like, ‘Whoa, we have a baby,’” Travis said.

Nicole said she was a little scared because they were not at the hospital, but “I’ve had two other kids. Once he was born and breathing, I was OK.”

The couple have two other sons, Mason, 8, and Ian, 6.

Travis Burnett said Ian’s birth took only 45 minutes, and their obstetrician, Dr. Steven Hott, explained everything to do during that birth, because there was a new nurse present.

“If it wasn’t for all that stuff he told me, I would have panicked,” Travis said.

He said three police officers, an ambulance, the fire chief and a fire truck responded to the call, and a crowd gathered from the neighborhood and people at Scoops.

When Travis announced it was a boy, he said, the crowd cheered.

He said Landon’s middle name was his grandfather’s name, and they had already chosen his name before he was born.

He added, though, that his mother joked they could name the baby Jefferson Phillips, after the intersection where he was born.

The ambulance took Nicole and Landon to St. Joseph Hospital, while Travis followed in the Neon, which he plans to clean with Resolve before bringing his family home from the hospital today.

Mason and Ian met their new brother Friday morning, and Nicole said the meeting went well, even with Ian, who had been jealous of the idea of a baby brother.

“He did nothing but hug and kiss him,” she said.

Travis Burnett said the boys don’t really understand how their brother was born.

“They don’t quite understand that Daddy caught, but they know a doctor wasn’t needed because Daddy was there.”

Danielle Rush may be reached at (765) 454-8585 or via e-mail at danielle.rush@kokomotribune.com