New year's baby born on Jan. 1

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By James Roberts

The first baby of the New Year, Delona Lillian Hayes, came as a surprise to nurses at Taylor Regional Hospital.

"We were surprised because 75 percent of our babies are male," said Registered Nurse Darlene Loy.

Born at 6:18 p.m. on Jan. 1 to parents Anthony Hayes and Erika Davis of Greensburg, Delona weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces.

Davis said her daughter is healthy, for the most part, and the family was expected to go home on Saturday.

Her grandparents are Daryl and Sharon Davis and Eddie and Madeline Hayes, all of Greensburg.

Delona becomes the first baby in several years to receive numerous gifts from Taylor Regional Hospital and several local merchants.

Loy decided that tradition needed to be started again.

"We just have one new year's baby a year, and I thought this could be something positive the entire community could celebrate."

Loy and RN Alicia Roution started calling local businesses to see if they were interested.

"They were very generous," Roution said.

- Staff Writer James Roberts can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 226 or by e-mail at writer@cknj.com.