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Rio McReynolds and Conner Milliken of Benton Harbor welcomed Southwest Michigan’s first baby of the year on Jan. 1.

NILES — The BirthPlace at Spectrum Health Lakeland Niles Hospital welcomed Southwest Michigan’s first baby of 2022 at 4:12 a.m. Jan. 1.

Rio McReynolds and Conner Milliken of Benton Harbor are the proud new parents of a daughter, Esmé Ruth Milliken. Esmé weighed in at 9 pounds, 1 ounce, and measured 21 inches long.