Utah's First Baby of 2005 Born in St. George

Utah's First Baby of 2005 Born in St. George

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ST. GEORGE, UTAH (AP) -- The doctor gave Steven and Heather Cannon a choice: a New Year's baby or an early delivery and a 2004 tax deduction.

Heather Cannon said she let the infant decide, and Logan Cannon was delivered 35 seconds after midnight Friday at Dixie Regional Medical Center.

The 7 pound, 11-ounce boy apparently was Utah's first for 2005. Other Utah hospitals said they didn't deliver babies until about eight hours into the New Year.

Logan's due date was Christmas Day, and her mother had intermittent labor pains for the past 10 days.

The baby's maternal grandfather, Reynold Bluemel, said he placed a bet for a New Year's delivery and won a pool of wagers.

A rosy-cheek Logan was resting quietly with siblings Jessica, 12, and Jaren, 9, and other family members Saturday afternoon.

The New Year's baby brought the Cannon family gifts from a dozen local businesses, including flowers, retail certificates and restaurant vouchers.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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