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Mall employee, others credited with saving child

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A newborn is safe after a few scary moments Friday afternoon in the middle of the food court at the Stones River Mall.

When the little boy couldn't breathe, security guards and bystanders helped and are now being credited with possibly saving a 3-month-old boy's life.

Mall employee Lanell Weathers is one of those bystanders who took action when the child was having a breathing problem at about 1 p.m.

Weathers was early for work and as she sipped coffee in the food court, she noticed something wasn't right.

"I look up and I see the housekeeper, and I saw mall security come over there and getting on the phone, and everybody looked like something was going on," said Weathers. "Everybody was just frantic."

Weathers ran over to the child to see if she could help.

"I knew something was wrong and I was like, 'If it's something medical, I can probably help,'" said Weathers. "If they are having problems breathing, you just rub their back and kind of move them back and forth."

Weathers kept doing that for several minutes until medical personnel arrived. They rushed the baby to the hospital, even though he seemed to improve.

"Then he just started looking around and he even smiled at us and was watching everybody. It was awesome," said Weathers.

Stones River Mall declined comment on the incident, but Weathers was more than willing to give credit where it was deserved.

"If it hadn't been for them, I mean, between (the child's) mama doing what she knew to do, and mall security getting there as quickly as possible. Everybody participated," said Weathers.

The baby's name hasn't been released, and that's a little frustrating for Weathers, who is soon hoping to see the child and his mother. Security guards at the mall routinely undergo first-aid and CPR training.

Weathers had that training in the past after previously working for about a decade as a security guard at Stones River Mall.

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