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01/21/2014 02:36 pm ET | Updated Jan 25, 2014

Andrew Jacob Cervantez, Who Weighed 15 Pounds At Birth, Is One Of The Nation's Biggest Babies (VIDEO)

They sure know how to grow them in California.

Andrew Jacob Cervantez weighed 15 pounds, 2 ounces, when he was born by emergency cesarean section on Jan. 16 at Desert Valley Hospital in California's San Bernardino County. His impressive weight makes him a candidate for the state's largest baby -- and possibly one of the nation's biggest in recent memory, USA Today notes.

The infant also measured 2 feet long at birth, practically 40 percent of the height of his 5-foot-1-inch mother, Vanessa Cervantez.

“I couldn’t even believe it,” Cervantez told the Victorville Daily Press. “They had to double check because I didn’t believe them; I thought the machine was broken.”

In May 2011, California celebrated the arrival of another large infant, Matthew Anthony Maldanado, who weighed 14 pounds, 3.8 ounces when he was born in Salinas, Calif.

However both Matthew and Andrew pale in comparison to the world's heaviest baby. Born to mother Anna Bates in 1879, that infant reportedly weighed 23 pounds, 12 ounces at birth, according to Guinness World Records. Sadly, the child died 11 hours later.

Correction: A previous version of this story indicated that Andrew Jacob Cervantez was the biggest baby in the nation. He is certainly one of the largest on recent record, but not the heaviest in history.

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