Taylor, a 30-year-old Newark police aide, said her son, Jahshamir Quainoo, fell ill after she left him in the care of her sister at their home on Norwood Street. Taylor was making a trip to her credit union around 10:30 a.m. when her sister called in a panic, saying he wasn’t breathing.
The sister tried clearing his nose, but she didn’t know CPR, so she ran to a nearby firehouse. She caught the attention of police officers Miguel Sanabria and Manny Souto, partners in the Fourth Precinct who were patrolling the neighborhood.
They put the boy in their cruiser and raced toward University Hospital, trying in vain to resuscitate him. On South 9th Street, they saw an ambulance. “We cut it off and hijacked them just so we could keep the baby going,” Sanabria said.
It’s wise of City Hall to highlight these kinds of stories — Newark needs them.