Hospital Stands By Nurses in Harassment Trial

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, October 23, 2012

The nurses who were at the center of a maternity ward kerfuffle with Douglas Kennedy are just looking for a payday, according to a lawyer for Kennedy, whose trial for physical harassment and child endangerment started Monday.

The son of the late Robert Kennedy was involved in a Jan. 7 confrontation with two nurses at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, NY. According to media reports, the nurses allege that Kennedy twisted one of their wrists and kicked the other when they tried to stop him from taking his newborn son outside for some "fresh air."

Surveillance camera footage of the incident shows the nurses trying to block Kennedy from leaving via the elevator and then the stairs. It also shows one of the nurses falling to the floor. The nurses said they called code pink, indicating child abduction.

I first wrote about this incident back in February when it became public, and concluded that although it obviously stemmed from a misunderstanding between Mr. Kennedy and hospital staffers, I was baffled as to why it couldn't have been resolved verbally.

Somehow, the misunderstanding turned violent, and instead of simply taking the time to explain himself to the nurses, Mr. Kennedy allegedly resorted to pushing, grabbing, and even kicking.

Alexandra Wilson Pecci

Alexandra Wilson Pecci is an editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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