- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman has given birth in the hallway of a downtown Los Angeles courthouse.

The woman was walking down a hallway of the main civil courthouse on Thursday when she began experiencing labor pains. She gave birth before paramedics arrived and without assistance.

Deputies and court staffers scrambled to bring paper towels and cardboard boxes to give the mother and new child some privacy. Onlookers cheered.

The mother and boy appeared to be healthy as they were taken from the courthouse by paramedics.

The birth, which occurred at about 11:42 a.m., was witnessed by a reporter for The Associated Press.

The woman told a deputy who called for aid that she was due two days ago.

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