'Baby Buttons': Widow gives birth to son of slain officer

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Posted: Mar 22, 2017 3:08 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The widow of an officer killed in an ambush last summer in Baton Rouge has given birth to their son.

WAFB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2o5kQ1q ) that Dechia (DESH-uh) Gerald wears her husband's wedding ring on a necklace. She says that when she held their baby for the first time Tuesday, he held tight to that ring.

Matthew Gerald was one of two officers killed in the ambush. Other officers called him "Buttons," and little Falyn Matthew Gerald is already being called "Baby Buttons."

Dechia Gerald said in September that she believed she conceived just five days before the July 17 ambush by 29-year-old Gavin Long. She says, "every emotion you could imagine comes at one time, all at once, but it's very exciting."