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Exclusive: RFK's Son Arrested in Westchester Hospital Maternity Unit Clash, Police Say
NBC ^ | | Friday, Feb 24, 2012 | Updated 10:58 PM EST | Jonathan Dienst and Shimon Prokupecz

Posted on 02/24/2012 8:11:38 PM PST by Hunton Peck

The son of Robert F. Kennedy has been charged with harassment and endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly clashing with two nurses who tried to stop him from taking his 2-day-old baby boy from a Westchester maternity unit, NBC New York has learned.

According to a Mount Kisco, N.Y. police report obtained by NBC New York, 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. The arrest was on misdemeanor charges.

Kennedy and his wife, Molly, disputed the accusations in a statement to NBC New York, saying "these allegations are absurd."

The nurse in charge of the unit, Anna Margaret Lane, said in a deposition that Kennedy wanted to take the child "to get fresh air" that evening. As he tried to leave, he was accompanied by a doctor from the hospital's emergency room, identified in court papers as "Dr. Haydock," later determined to be Dr. Timothy Haydock, a longtime family friend.

While the nursing staff sought to get Kennedy to return the baby to his bassinet, Haydock reportedly encouraged Kennedy to walk with the baby by telling nurses that he was with him, according to Lane's deposition.

Kennedy ignored the pleas of the nursing staff and carried the newborn -- identified in court papers as "B.K." -- 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.

Lane blocked the doorway, "placing both hands on the doorknob" to prevent Kennedy from leaving, police said. Kennedy grabbed the nurse by her left wrist and twisted it to that he could pass into the stairwell, police said.

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," police said.

"Instinctively as a nurse, I raised both my arms toward the neck of the baby to steady the violent shaking of the baby's head and neck," Luciano told investigators in a deposition.

While holding the child in his right arm, Kennedy kicked Luciano 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.

The police report did not say whether the infant was harmed in the altercation.

The statement to NBC New York from Kennedy and his wife said there was no crime committed.

"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," the statement said.

Haydock said in a statement to NBC New York that Kennedy, whom he has known for more than 40 years, was not putting his healthy baby at risk by seeking to take him for a walk outside.

"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."

Kennedy is the 10th child of Robert F. and Ethel Kennedy. He and Molly have four children.

A Brown University graduate, Kennedy started his journalism career with The New York Post and most recently worked as a general assignment reporter and bi-monthly news program host for Fox News.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: New York
KEYWORDS: bobbykennedy; douglaskennedy; kennedyfamily; maternityward; westchester
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A bit unusual even by Kennedy standards...
1 posted on 02/24/2012 8:11:43 PM PST by Hunton Peck
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To: Hunton Peck

Another Kennedy tragedy!


2 posted on 02/24/2012 8:13:45 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Hunton Peck

How is this only a misdemeanor?


3 posted on 02/24/2012 8:16:16 PM PST by Krankor (eenie meenie, chili beanie, the spirits are about to speak.)
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To: Hunton Peck

I kinda liked him on FNC.


4 posted on 02/24/2012 8:17:29 PM PST by peggybac
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To: Hunton Peck

Rules don’t apply to the Kennedys.


5 posted on 02/24/2012 8:18:37 PM PST by citizencon
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To: Hunton Peck

Kicking a female nurse in the pelvis. NOW is about to release a
statement sharply critical of Kennedy. Any minute now...coming right up...stand by....Zzzzzzzzzzz.


6 posted on 02/24/2012 8:19:27 PM PST by rfp1234 (RFP's Law: Whoever blames Bush first shall lose the argument.)
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To: Hunton Peck

Fresh air? January in NY with a newborn? And this family “doc,” how many celebs have had an unfortunate incident with their medico in attendance?


7 posted on 02/24/2012 8:19:50 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Limbaugh: Tim Tebow miracle: "He had atheists praying to God that he would lose.")
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To: Krankor

Im more interested in knowing exactly why he couldnt take his child in the first place.Hospitals now refuse to let you take your newborn unless you allow them to administer immunizations.Many peeople think these contribute to autism.Is that the possible reason?Kennedys have never been my favorite people but I want to know more before condeming him.


8 posted on 02/24/2012 8:20:09 PM PST by Craftmore
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To: Krankor

“How is this only a misdemeanor?”

Because he is a Kennedy.


9 posted on 02/24/2012 8:20:33 PM PST by Wisconsinlady (KEEP YOUR LEGISLATORS ON SPEED DIAL AND TELL THEM TO GROW SOME)
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To: Hunton Peck
Kennedys are special.

The rules that apply to ordinary people do not apply to them.

10 posted on 02/24/2012 8:21:29 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the fascists.)
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To: Hunton Peck

It sounds like he might have been drunk. Who takes a newborn out for fresh air? Of course his wife is going to stand by him. What’s she going to say? My husband behaved like buffoon?


11 posted on 02/24/2012 8:22:13 PM PST by carmody
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To: Hunton Peck

Don’t know the whole story and will reserve judgement but why was he being prevented from leaving with his child?


12 posted on 02/24/2012 8:22:34 PM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: Hunton Peck

“Do you know who I am?”


13 posted on 02/24/2012 8:22:37 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Hunton Peck

Was the getaway car an Oldsmobile?


14 posted on 02/24/2012 8:23:35 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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To: Hunton Peck

I’m surprised he wasn’t charged with assault on the two nurses.

Then again, he’s a Kennedy, so he gets away with it.


15 posted on 02/24/2012 8:24:00 PM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (I'm NOT smitten' with Mittens)
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To: Hunton Peck
Tomorrow's headlines today:

Kennedy Kidnap Attempted!


16 posted on 02/24/2012 8:24:52 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Hunton Peck
It doesn't matter if you are a Kennedy or a Bush or a real person. Big Government knows better than you..
17 posted on 02/24/2012 8:25:31 PM PST by montanajoe
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To: Hunton Peck

Just wow. Nurses gone haywire. Dad has every right to take his child out of the hospital. The hospital does not have ownership. We once had a resident physician tell us we could not take our child out of the hospital after 24 hours. We were trying to save ourselves and the hospital $$$$. Hubby was ready to do some violence to someone though I don’t suspect a nurse would have been on the receiving end. Another pediatrician stepped in and said, “I’ll sign for these parents so they can leave with their child.” Some folks are control freaks and just want to assert their Power. We had this happen again with another son. Our pediatrician had cleared us to leave at our earliest convenience. She hates hospitals and wanted us out of there for our own good. The nurses “lost” our pediatrician’s paperwork and said they needed to have her fill it out again. Well, let’s just say they did not like messin’ with her. Then they flubbed a hearing test so that we had to come back a week later and caused us all sorts of stress over it. This was all because the nonAmerican nurse(s) were incompetent. And maybe they wanted paying customers to fill their rooms as opposed to the unpaying. I’m not sure.


18 posted on 02/24/2012 8:25:37 PM PST by petitfour
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To: Craftmore

By voluntarily entering a hospital- especially in a non-emergency situation, you pretty much agree to the rules of the hospital. It sounds to me like Kennedy experienced what is commonly known as a “nutty episode”. I wonder if that doctor was with him to try to calm him down.


19 posted on 02/24/2012 8:28:49 PM PST by Krankor (eenie meenie, chili beanie, the spirits are about to speak.)
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To: citizencon

The child belongs to the family, not the nurses, hospital, or the state.


20 posted on 02/24/2012 8:29:22 PM PST by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: Craftmore

Im more interested in knowing exactly why he couldnt take his child in the first place.Hospitals now refuse to let you take your newborn unless you allow them to administer immunizations.Many peeople think these contribute to autism.Is that the possible reason?Kennedys have never been my favorite people but I want to know more before condeming him.
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I’m not sure about the immunization thing. We have a 1 year old grandson and he wasn’t given immunizations before leaving the hospital.

I think overall it was very odd behavior. Who takes an infant for ‘fresh air’ at 2 days old in the winter? And to not hold the baby properly so you can attack someone? There’s a lot here I don’t understand.


21 posted on 02/24/2012 8:30:19 PM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: Hunton Peck
It's a Kennedy, so there can be no crime. The hospital must be made to apologize and give millions to a Kennedy foundation charity, NOW.
22 posted on 02/24/2012 8:31:29 PM PST by Baynative (Please check this out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFIcZkEzc8I)
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To: Hunton Peck

44 Years old. This must be the kid born after the assassination. He’s probably really screwed up in the head


23 posted on 02/24/2012 8:33:12 PM PST by Figment
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To: Craftmore

The hospital didn’t want to release us with our third child because we didn’t have an infant carrier carseat. We had a convertible carseat that was already strapped in the car. They said policy was that she had to be strapped into her carrier carseat and placed on my lap in the wheelchair to be wheeled out to the car.

I told them I wasn’t going to send my husband out to buy a carrier seat just so I could follow their policy and that I was leaving whether they discharged us or not. I carried my baby in my arms out to the car and put her in the carseat. It was ridiculous!


24 posted on 02/24/2012 8:33:21 PM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: petitfour

“This was all because the nonAmerican nurse(s) were incompetent.”

They used to import nurses from the Phillipines because they could hire them cheaper. Now they hire them from India because they speak better English than the previous imports.


25 posted on 02/24/2012 8:34:00 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: leapfrog0202

Some hospitals do require the immunizations. Our current pediatrician is opposed to them, so her patients are given a pass. Sometimes the hospital tries to buck the physician. Our pediatrician was told by another parent that she (the other parent) obtained a copy of the hospital bill and that the hospital billed insurance for the hospital administering the immunizations even though they had not given them. Our pediatrician was spittin’ about that one and urged us to check our bill though it had been a year since our youngest was born.


26 posted on 02/24/2012 8:34:10 PM PST by petitfour
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To: Hunton Peck
I've never been arrested in a maternity ward. I completely missed out.

They did escort me out when I got pale and face-planted the floor. But if you've ever watched that process... Sheesh. I'm feeling faint just thinking about it.

/johnny

27 posted on 02/24/2012 8:35:34 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

Been there. ping to my post 24.


28 posted on 02/24/2012 8:36:00 PM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: freeangel

We had a Filipino nurse for our oldest son’s birth. She named him. She was wonderful. She had been here for 20+ years by that time.


29 posted on 02/24/2012 8:37:05 PM PST by petitfour
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To: Revolting cat!

So Dr. Hayduke says he’s known the Kennedy over forty
years and the guy is 44 years old. Known him since
he was knee high to an oldsmobile.


30 posted on 02/24/2012 8:37:22 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Hunton Peck

Why would anybody want to take a 2 day old baby outside in January??? I don’ think Reporters and cameras are allowed on the maternity wards. PHOTO-OPs in the Lobby, good press????


31 posted on 02/24/2012 8:37:29 PM PST by Cindy of Nashville (What has the Democrat party become???)
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To: Cindy of Nashville

Why would anybody want to take a 2 day old baby outside in January? Really? We took our 2 day old baby HOME from the hospital in January. She was born in January. At the time, that was policy. Two days in the hospital, and you’re outta there unless there’s something wrong. AND then they made us come back because she had jaundice. Do you know how many times we had to take her out? In January? I’m sure she was scarred for life!


32 posted on 02/24/2012 8:40:15 PM PST by petitfour
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To: Hunton Peck

I think it would have been more effective to tell hospital staff that “I’d like to take our baby home than I’d like to take him out for a breath of fresh air.”


33 posted on 02/24/2012 8:41:17 PM PST by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: Hunton Peck; mickie; flaglady47; Chigirl 26; Bizzy Bugz; seenenuf; oswegodeee
For cryin' out loud....the infant was barely out of the womb....only 48 hours old when he seized it and attempted to take it out of the hospital in spite of the protestations of the nurses.

When was the last time anyone heard of a father entering a maternity ward, removing a newborn from its bassinet....and attempting to take it out into the elements, shoving and pushing the medical personnel all the while.

The nurse's natural instinct was to reach out to protect that tiny infant against what to her was the unknown....weird and reckless behavior on the part of a man who for all she knew could have been drunk....or even in the throes of some kind of domestic fight or retaliation situation.

There's more going on here than meets the eye. Seeing that it involves a Kennedy, it can't be anything good.

Poor bebeh.

Leni

34 posted on 02/24/2012 8:41:29 PM PST by MinuteGal
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To: Figment

The assassination was in June of ‘68, so a child born after that would still be 43. Not that the reporter couldn’t have gotten the age wrong, of course.


35 posted on 02/24/2012 8:42:53 PM PST by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Hunton Peck

He has not figured out that “smart” people of socialist institutions own his child yet. Uncle Teddy would be so proud...of the nurses.

The doctor is siding with him against the hospital staff. Lawyers galore.


36 posted on 02/24/2012 8:43:35 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: Hunton Peck
A bit unusual even by Kennedy standards...

How many drinks did he have before he went to the hospital?

Entitlement + Inebriation = Really Really Dumb S**t

37 posted on 02/24/2012 8:45:03 PM PST by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: Hunton Peck

It is February here in NY, did he even attempt to dress the child appropriately? Or did he just walk in in a typical drunken Kennedy stupor and do whatever he wanted?

For those of you defending his “right to his child”, if he’s shaking an infants neck and kicking nurses and falling down with a new born and then attempts to run away, he shouldn’t be taking that child anywhere, somethings wrong with him.


38 posted on 02/24/2012 8:47:01 PM PST by MacMattico
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To: Hunton Peck

The Kennedys do suck, but how can anyone here believe that the hospital staff have the right to tell a father he can’t have his own baby? I would do more than just kick a nurse who tried to do that to me, and he/she would deserve it. For God’s sake, is everyone in this country ready to surrender themselves to their slave masters so easily?


39 posted on 02/24/2012 8:48:09 PM PST by fr_freak
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To: Craftmore

I’m with you. It’s his child; the wife seemed agreeable with it as well. Did you see the part where it claimed that the baby’s head was violently shaken during all this? I find the story a bit incredible.

First it was the social security number that was mandatory in a hospital; now it’s immunizations. The nazification of the U.S.A. and health care system is almost complete.


40 posted on 02/24/2012 8:48:31 PM PST by Outlaw Woman (When does the shooting start?)
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To: Figment

The only child born after RFK’s death was Rory, a girl.
Douglas was 2 in 1968.


41 posted on 02/24/2012 8:49:28 PM PST by Mountain Mary ("Lead kindly Light,,amidst the encircling doom. Lead thou me on.". Cardinal John Henry Newmann, 1833)
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To: Craftmore

RFK Jr. has been very active campaigning against vaccines.


42 posted on 02/24/2012 8:55:48 PM PST by Plummz (pro-constitution, anti-corruption)
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To: Hunton Peck

Im with the Kennedy guy on this. The hospital doesn’t own that kid. Give their best advice,, and if he ignores it based on better advice, (say from a doctor),, document it in the chart.
Nurses went beyond their role.


43 posted on 02/24/2012 8:56:19 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: Hunton Peck

a dem getting persnickety over big govt telling him what’s best for the health and welfare of his family?

oh the irony...


44 posted on 02/24/2012 8:56:19 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: MinuteGal
Dr. Timothy Haydock: "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."

Maybe you should read the whole story instead of becoming hysterical like these nurses did.

Sounds to me like they're going to attempt to sue the deep pockets here.

45 posted on 02/24/2012 8:56:48 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: peggybac

He isn’t bad for a Kennedy, in that regard.


46 posted on 02/24/2012 9:03:50 PM PST by PghBaldy (Once again, Obama proves he is not an honest broker. He can't be trusted.)
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To: Krankor

“By voluntarily entering a hospital- especially in a non-emergency situation, you pretty much agree to the rules of the hospital. “

NO,, you are buying a service. You can refuse to continue their service at any time. The hospital acquires no special superior rights,, and the hold no say over the parents choices about the child. If a parent is presenting a dire physical danger to the child,,, they could physically intervene, the same as ANYONE could. But a father deciding to stroll outside, carrying hs new child, in the company of his family doctor,,ain’t it.


47 posted on 02/24/2012 9:04:19 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: Hunton Peck

Drunk


48 posted on 02/24/2012 9:04:40 PM PST by MindBender26 (New Army SF and Ranger Slogan: Vengeance is Mine, sayeth the Lord.... but He subcontracts!)
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To: dragnet2

That doctor is also a family friend, and apparently the attending physician.


49 posted on 02/24/2012 9:05:17 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: carmody

“It sounds like he might have been drunk.”

It does, dear, it does.


50 posted on 02/24/2012 9:09:23 PM PST by jocon307
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