Skip to comments.Exclusive: RFK's Son Arrested in Westchester Hospital Maternity Unit Clash, Police Say
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.
This reads like he was loaded.
Just in case anyone was wondering, I checked, and on Jan 7 (the day of this incident) in nearby Chappaqua, NY, the high and low temps were 59/35.
“... It sounds like he might have been drunk. Who takes a newborn out for fresh air? ...”
Really! When my older boy was born I brought in a 7 Oz. Pony bottle of Rolling Rock and let him have a taste. He responded well to it. Babies like beer.
Not the same person I don’t think.
Sounds like you might want to consider getting another pediatrician. At least one with a little common sense. Or at least an MD. Does this one have a bone through his nose and do readings with sheep's entrails?
I am still waiting to hear the explanation for how humanity survived at all pre-hospital policy. Or pre-hospital.
I’m not saying we ‘should’ take a newborn out to play in the snow here but Good God, they aren’t pieces of glass or something that will crack below room temperature.
Being an upstate NY born guy, I assure the naysayers that newborn kids do survive exposure to even sub zero temps just like we do for the moments between hospital and car. Or a simple step out the door. They do not suddenly contract pnuemonia and die. If they did, humanity would not exist today.
If they had a proper maternity unit they’d have hit the lockdown button and nobody would have left.
She needs to sue him personally.
I read that.
To be honest, the only thing that sounds credible in this story, is the doctor's statement above, and comments from the Mother herself.
The fact is the *Mother*, is also totally supportive of the Doctors statement and the Dad in question.
Well, many didn't. In prior centuries it was fairly common to have children die of any number of things... Along with quite a few mothers that died in childbirth. I think I'd be slow to just assume that modern medicine is some kind of enemy.
I think we can all go along with that.
True, many didn’t. But not because of a few brief moments of exposure to cold. Babies born in Alaska/Siberia do not stay in hospitals until the climate changes. Al Gore’s possibly, but not the rest of us ;)
Sure, modern medicine is good...and ridiculously overboard with people running around worried about the most natural of occurrences as if they constituted the danger of the black plague.
Exposure to the elements is one of the very thing that ‘sets’ our immune system. If we live in a bubble filled with all the chemicals that ‘modern medicine’ feeds us, is it shocking that we get sick? We develop no natural resistance to anything.
And anyone thinking a walk with a newborn in fresh air, even cold air is a danger ignores the reality of the non-central heated and air conditioned world that constitutes a huge portion of this planet.
you really must be joking.
IF you wanted your baby discharged within 24 hours they are more than happy to do so as long as the baby is fine and the nursery has their discharge order.
as for that misplaced order ? you call your doctor and have her FX it and while you’re waiting get the nursing supervisor and administrator.
control freaks ? LOL.
If this story did not contain the name "Kennedy" the replies on this thread would have taken an entirely different character. As it is, the posts do not reflect creditably on FreeRepublic.
Having a government of laws rather than men is not a one-way street.
Kennedy wives stand by their men whether they are serial cheating or up on manslaughter charges.
It’s not the hospital’s kid. Just have him sign a waiver he’s rejecting the hospital’s advice/treatment, and let him walk outside. He was with a family doctor. He sounds like an ass but being an ass isn’t necessarily against the law. He may not be able to help it being a Kennedy.
From what we are able to see and read...I side with Kennedy on this.
I think I’d be interested to find out what the attending physician thought about it before jumping to any conclusions. Maybe it was fine to take the kid out... But maybe it wasn’t. I think I’d like to know that.
Geez, you’re an hour and 13 minutes late!
If the baby is leaving with just the father and discharge papers haven’t been signed, for all the hospital knows this could be a disgruntled father who’s having marital problems and a lawyer just waiting to sue on the mother’s part.
There’s surveillance video at the link. There’s a woman walking with him who looks to be the mom.
I saw that after clicking “Post” — had to work late tonight.
Ya have not only a physician, but a physician witness, backed by the *Mother* herself, and the Dad in question.
>>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."<<
a KENNEDY? Sorry, that goes without sayin'.
“Lane blocked the doorway, “placing both hands on the doorknob” to prevent Kennedy from leaving, police said.”
Well, it sounds to me like Mr. Kennedy has a nice fat countersuit on his hands for a couple counts of kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment.
I wouldn’t allow my newborn to have those BigPharma shots either. Perhaps that’s the issue. But if Kennedy didn’t want the baby to have shots, he should have arranged to have the child delivered at home. Or at some other place where they are not mandatory.
Been a long time since I had a newborn, however.
I only see him and 2 nurses getting into the elevator
Sorry, but the “rules of the hospital” don’t override my liberty and civil rights. They’re not my legal guardian, and they’re certainly not the legal guardian of my children, so unless I see a court order saying I can’t leave, they can KMA, and if they try to stop me from leaving, I’ll sue their behinds off.
Dr. Haydock in the story is a family friend of the Kennedy’s. I’m not sure his medical opinion is unbiased, or even familiar with the facts of the case.
“I assure the naysayers that newborn kids do survive exposure to even sub zero temps just like we do for the moments between hospital and car.”
Of course they do. What do these ninnies think “baby fat” is for? Not to mention, the smaller the person, the less succeptible you are to cold temperatures in the first place. The dad was more prone to getting frostbite or hypothermia than the baby.
Not in the slightest.
That's all very true. It may not be wise, but it is true.
If that’s what they thought, which is ludicrous since the mother and the physician were present during the incident, then they should have called the police and let them handle it. Since when did nurses get the authority to restrict the movement of free persons in this country with physical force? I thought that was called false arrest, false imprisonment, or kidnapping.
I stand behind the Kennedy involved and support him. I too have dealt with aggressive nurses. Kennedy did nothing wrong.
But while that baby is in the hospital...what happens to that baby is the hospital’s responsibility. This story is strange.
Were you there?
With that double negative, you are absolutely correct, sir.
No, but that doesn’t stop me from passing judgement.
“It may not be wise, but it is true.”
That’s the beauty and danger of liberty. We’re free to be as wise or foolish as we please, within certain necessary boundaries. I for one, would rather live in a nation of free fools than one of wise slaves.
I watched the video...Two nurses see a man walking out of the maternity ward with a baby. Don’t you think it was appropriate for them to stop him? We don’t know if they knew, at that time, who he was. then HE KICKED HER. I’m sorry, but in no world I live in is that acceptable. I can’t believe people are sticking up for him.
If this were a situation where a father came and was not authorized to take the baby, and they let him go..the hospital would be liable. All he had to do was go and explain and do it the correct way. Again, in our crazy world of baby stealers and other such crazies, the hospital has a responsibility to not allow this. SOrry. When you check out of the hospital you get to take your baby outside. When you are inside, it’s their rules.
Ah...passing judgement without knowing the facts. A Freeper specialty! And I include myself in that sentence!
I don’t see in the story that the mother was present in the nursery when he took the baby. When he goes into the elevator I see only 2 nurses. No doctor or wife is with him.
A few years ago, a woman wearing scrubs walked into a Salt Lake City, Utah, hospital, took a baby from a bassinet, and simply walked out of the hospital with the baby. Thankfully the woman was a little bit mentally ill, and was quickly found carrying the baby in a near by supermarket.
I know that when I have gone to visit my daughters after having their babies, getting in and out of the maternity department was like breaking into and out of Ft Knox.
As for this story....Well...There just isn't enough information. I would think that if they had chosen this hospital, then both Kennedys ( mom and dad) would have know well beforehand what the procedures would be for protecting their infant from kidnapping. Taking an infant out for stroll outside wouldn't be one of their safety precautions.
Ann Margaret Lane and Cari Maleman Luciano sound like fairly American names to me.
That hospital is in my old home town. I actually worked there after school. While the demographics have changed in the past 40 years, at the time it was 99% white. Last I heard most of the nurses were local, not imported from the 3rd World. The area around there is relatively prosperous, basically upscale NYC suburbs, so I don’t think they have a problem just trying to fill beds with paying patients. There is more to this story.
It doesn’t make sense that a father would take his 2 year child out of the nursery in January without his being prepared, i.e., properly bundled, to go outside. And where was the mother? Was he leaving her in the hospital, or was she already home? Today you see mother/child being released in 2 days, but released together unless there is a problem. Maybe the child had some minor condition, so was being held an extra day or two rather than released with a condition that would require his immediate return.
I did. My son was properly bundeled in a warm blanket and I went next door to my neighbors to show them my son.
I did. My son was properly bundeled in a warm blanket and I went next door to my neighbors to show them my son.