La Plata, MD – The University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center welcomed the first baby of the new year at 1:24 a.m. Jan. 1.

James W. Counce IV was the first baby born at UM Charles Regional Medical Center in 2016.

Baby James was delivered by Dr. Erica Contreras and weighed 7 pounds. James was 20 inches long.

Proud parents are Ashley and James Counce V.

Contact Joseph Norris at joe.norris@thebaynet.com