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Gerald Dunbar missed some school but lea

November 18, 1997

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ Gerald Dunbar missed some school but learned a lesson his classmates probably can’t match: He helped deliver a baby.

``It was pretty yucky, but I wasn’t scared,″ the 10-year-old boy said. ``Well, not real scared.″

Gerald’s aunt, Rose Mary May, said she was plenty scared when she realized her fifth child was determined to come into the world without much help. When her water broke Monday, her sister-in-law rushed from the house to find her husband, who had the car.

May went into the bathroom to clean up.

``Then she started calling my name,″ said Gerald. ``When I opened the door, I saw the baby’s head.″

He grabbed a towel and helped ease out the baby’s shoulder. Minutes later, he was cleaning the 8-pound, 1-ounce boy’s face.

When her sister-in-law and husband returned, they found May looking stunned and Gerald holding the newborn, his umbilical cord still attached. They clipped the cord and called 911.

The mother and newborn, Paris Roberts, were in good condition late Monday.

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