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Cruz is first baby of 2019


January 17, 2019

Carlos Cruz Mendez, Brielle Lubbess and brother Mathew Cruz welcome Caleb Ryder Cruz into their family. He is the first baby born in 2019 at Whitman Hospital and Medical Center in Colfax.

Whitman Hospital and Medical Center welcomed its first baby of the year Monday, Jan. 14.

Caleb Ryder Cruz was born at 9:26 a.m. to Brielle Lubbess and Carlos Cruz Mendez from Tekoa.

Born at six pounds, six ounces and 19 and one-half inches long, Caleb and his mother received a red wagon full of gifts for being 2019's first baby at the hospital. Caleb's older brother, Mathew Cruz, enjoyed checking out the wagon and its contents while Caleb slept.

Mother and infant were discharged Tuesday afternoon.


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