According to a Mount Kisco, N.Y. police report, Douglas Kennedy, 44, took his baby from the newborn unit of Northern Westchester Hospital on Jan. 7, against the instructions of hospital staff who told him the infant needed to stay there.
Kennedy ignored the pleas of two nursing staff, whom the Taub Law Firm is representing, and carried the newborn to the elevator, police said. As the nursing staff tried to calm him and dissuade him from leaving the hospital, Kennedy turned and walked toward a stairwell leading to the outside of the hospital.
Kennedy grabbed one nurse by her left wrist and twisted it to that he could pass into the stairwell, police said. While holding the child in his right arm, Kennedy then kicked the other nurse in the pelvis with his right foot, knocking her backward onto the floor, police said.
As he did this, Kennedy fell onto the floor with the baby in his arms. Kennedy then got up and ran “down the stairs with the infant until he was stopped by security and escorted back to the infant’s room,” the police report said.
Mr. Taub appeared on the “Today” Show to explain the policies and procedures the nursing staff were required to follow, including calling in “Code Pink” and “Code Purple” alerts.
(Update – 6/20/13: Mr. Kennedy was found “not guilty” at a bench (Judge only) trial in Village Court, Mt. Kisco, NY involving charges of 2nd degree harassment of the nurses and child endangerment. Subsequently, civil litigation has been commenced in the Supreme Court, Westchester County by the nurses as well as by Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy. It is expected that the cases will proceed to trial in 2014.)
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