Kennedy Sues Nurses, Hospital After Scuffle

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, January 22, 2013

There's another twist in an odd story that pits a new dad in a violent scuffle against the nurses who were caring for his newborn son. Sure, that sounds odd all by itself.

But the reason it's sparked a year's worth of headlines? That new dad is Douglas Kennedy, son of Robert Kennedy.

Here's a quick recap: On Jan. 7, 2012, Kennedy was arrested on misdemeanor charges of child endangerment and harassment after a struggle 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." Kennedy's counters that anything he did was simply an attempt to protect his son.

The hospital said in a statement that it supported its nurses, and I (and several readers of this column) couldn't understand why or how the situation escalated into violence.

Nonetheless, a jury acquitted Kennedy in late November of endangerment of a child and two counts of physical harassment against the nurses.

Now the case has taken another detour: Kennedy is reportedly now turning the tables by suing the nurses who were involved in the encounter and Northern Westchester Hospital, charging defamation and malicious prosecution.

Alexandra Wilson Pecci

Alexandra Wilson Pecci is an editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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