Robert F. Kennedy’s 44-year-old son Douglas got arrested and charged after clashing with nurses at the maternity ward where his son was born. The event actually happened back in early January, but he was officially arraigned on misdemeanor charges on Thursday night. Kennedy was charged with “harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.” What happened?
Reportedly when his son was 2-days old, the new dad tried to take his baby out of the maternity ward. He had wanted his son to get some “fresh air.” Two nurses tried to stop him. “They called what’s called a ‘code pink,’” said a lawyer for the nurses. “That is, it looks like it’s someone trying to abscond from the hospital with a newborn.”
The nurses were apparently able to stop him from using the elevator but then he tried to exit via the stairs. A nurse tried to block the door and Kennedy allegedly grabbed her wrist and twisted it. The baby’s head “began to move from side to side, and in an attempt to stabilize the baby’s head, nurse Cari Maleman Luciano reached toward the infant’s head,” the police stated. Kennedy then allegedly kicked the other nurse in the groin and fell to the ground in the process while holding his newborn son. He got up and reportedly ran, “down the stairs with the infant until he was stopped by security and escorted back to the infant’s room.”
The baby was — fortunately — fine, having slept through all the chaos. The Kennedy family do not believe that they did anything wrong. “The nurse had no right to attempt to grab our child out of his father’s arms and I, Douglas, was shocked and appalled when she did so,” a statement from the Kennedy’s said.
A doctor from the hospital (who is a close friend of the Kennedys) was with Douglas during the whole ordeal. “I witnessed the incident and I can state unequivocally that the nurses were the only aggressors,” he said. “To charge Mr. Kennedy with a crime is simply incomprehensible to me.”
Now there is no excuse for getting into a physical altercation with the staff of the hospital but do you think the nurses overreacted to a father’s quest to take baby outside?
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