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Nurses Claim Kennedy Injured Them in Alleged Scuffle

Altercation claimed while Kennedy tried taking his baby down a stairwell.

The two nurses from Northern Westchester Hospital who were involved in the alleged scuffle involving Douglas Kennedy and his newborn son, Bo, claim that they were injured in the process.

In her sworn deposition to Mount Kisco police, Anna Lane, the charge nurse during the Jan. 7 incident, claims that she tried to block Kennedy from taking Bo to the hospital's third-floor stairwell in his attempt to bring him outside for "fresh air."

"Mr. Douglas Kennedy attempted to move past me," Lane said in her account to police." Mr. Douglas Kennedy than placed his hand on my left wrist and twisted my arm causing pain. My hand came off the doorknob and Mr. Douglas Kennedy moved passed me at this time. I heard Cari Luciano [the other involved nurse] request that Mr. Douglas Kennedy come back into the unit."

She went on to describe the alleged altercation between Kennedy and Luciano.

"I heard Cari Luciano request that Mr. Douglas Kennedy come back into the unit as he had passed the threshold of the door into the stairwell," she said. "I then saw Mr. Douglas Kennedy's foot strike Cari Luciano in her mid-section and Cari fell backward as a result of the force of the kick. I saw Mr. Douglas Kennedy simultaneously fall backward into the stairwell with the infant held across his chest and Mr. Kennedys head landed at the top of the stairs. The infant's head bounced up and back as Mr. Douglas Kennedy made a direct impact  with the floor. He than stood up and ran down the stairs."

After that, Lane said, Kennedy, along with Dr. Timothy Haydock went down the stairwell.

Lane described getting a headache and ringing in her ears in addition to the wrist injury.

Luciano described a similar narrative in her statement to police, saying that the incident, which took place that evening, involved both she and Lane trying to stop him. At first, Luciano claims, they convinced Kennedy to step out of an elevator but that he proceeded to attempt to go down a stairwell.

"I could see the baby's head violently shaking from side to aide due to Douglas Kennedy not properly supporting the child," Luciano said about Bo during the alleged altercation involving Kennedy and Lane.

She went on to claim that he kicked her.

"Instinctively, as a nurse, I raised both my arms towards the head of the baby, to steady the violent shaking of the babies head and neck. As my hands touched the shoulders of the baby, Douglas Kennedy, raised his right foot, and with tremendous force, kicked me in the left side of my pelvic area. The force of the kick caused me to fall backwards onto the ground and go skidding backwards on the floor."

Luciano gave a similar account to that of Lane's about Kennedy falling down, with Bo in hand, as a result. Telling police, she claimed that she sustained injuries to the pelvic area, right shoulder and right flank, which she described as still present while giving her police statement.

Lane and Luciano began their attempt to stop Kennedy, according to their accounts, after he refused Lane's order not to proceed to the emergency room level with Bo. Lane, in her statement, claims she told Kennedy that she would ask an obstetrician and pediatrician "to make arrangements" for granting a request. Additionally, Lane said she told Kennedy that babies in the hospital, according to its policy, must be transported in bassinets or isolettes.

Kennedy, his wife Molly, and Dr. Timothy Haydock - he's an ER doctor at NWH and family friend - the nurses' accounts of the story. Haydock said that consent was originally given to move the baby.

The full supporting depositions from Luciano and Lane are attached here as a PDF file.

Alison February 27, 2012 at 10:43 PM
The ER Doc, Tim Haydock is a long time Kennedy hanger on at all of the Kennedy functions. Watch the video- Dr Haydock does not attend to the nurse who was kicked. He's more concerned with tagging along with Kennedy. What was the big deal about them going outside? Why did Kennedy and Haydock act in such a desperate, urgent way? Who removed the GPS tracker from the baby? Was there someone outside the hospital Kennedy wanted to show the baby to? Were they going out for a drink? The ER doctor has NO say about what goes on in the maternity ward. At the very least he should be sanctioned and undergo a personnel review. When are people who hang around the Kennedy's going to realize it doesn't pay to cover for them?
A. Hall February 27, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Man, them Kennedy's sure are some smart folks. Dummer than a box of rocks!
S. Dammacco February 28, 2012 at 12:48 AM
This is just one example of the crap nurses have to deal with every day. What if he took the baby out and harmed him in some way, everyone would be blaming the nurses for their lack of action. There are rules in place for a reason, and they apply to everyone including the Kennedy's who think they are above the law.
Richard J Doherty February 28, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Kennedy should be charged with multiple criminal charges,jailed,fined severly and made to pay restitution to the Nurse for her injuries. If the Doctor was aiding Kennedy,he should lose his license to practice medicine and charged as an accomplice.
B. Lemarbel RN February 28, 2012 at 06:45 PM
As a nurse with years of OB experience Yes where was the alarm. Also if this was any other american he would be charged with child endangerment. No one seems concerned about the baby, Does anyone wonder why he was so anxious to get the baby out of the hospital. fresh air, not for a newborn really sounds suspicous to me
Sara Riggs February 28, 2012 at 06:47 PM
I bet nothing happens from this incident.
Atom February 28, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I really hope that ER doctor gets fired,...he doesn't deserve to be on the NWH payroll..not after what he did to (NOT) defend these nurses...THEY were following rules--Dr Haddock was following a moron who believes, "I'm special, I'm entitled, because I'm a Kennedy..and rules don't apply to me"...
NJ Nurse February 28, 2012 at 07:03 PM
This man assulted both nurses....where are the police?? He grabbed the one's wrist and the other was kicked in the abd. Not to mention the baby who probably is at risk for shaken baby syndrome. The hospital has rules, the nurses have to follow the rules in response to adversity and threats in order to protect the patient. Kennedy or not he is a person first and big mahoff disgracing the name Kennedy I might add last!!
M.B. February 28, 2012 at 07:09 PM
I need more facts! Did the mother mind the father taking the infant outside? I feel it is their baby & unless the child was naked & it was snowing what was wrong with the father, with the mother's consent taking the baby downstairs?. I do not like someone telling me what to do with my children, but for these nurses to act the way they did, I feel there must be some facts we aren't getting. Was he doing that against the mother's wishes? The nurses must of felt the baby was in danger, I would think. Why would they react so strongly otherwise?Or they overreacted. I want to know more! Not enough facts. The only thing I know for sure is the E.R. Dr. should have some consequences & Kennedy should be charged for getting physical with the nurses. Although, if someone tried to take my child from my arms, I may get physical too. I just am not sure about this situation.......
dleighg February 28, 2012 at 07:19 PM
No it's not just OK because the mother said it was. While you are in the hospital there are rules. You roll the baby in the bassinet, you don't carry it. Those of us who have spent time in maternity wards know this. After a C-section you take a shower when the nurse says you are OK'd to take a shower. The alternative is that you get dizzy and slip in the shower, or drop the baby while carrying it, then the hospital will get blamed. You live with the rules as long as you are under the medical care of the hospital. If you don't like the rules, you get yourself discharged from the hospital. And you certainly don't leave the maternity ward with the baby against the wishes of the nurses in charge. I don't care if it's your baby or not, they are in charge until you are in your car going home.
Robin Hayes February 28, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Amazing how this family continues to think of itself as entitled to behave anyway they choose. In the units I have been on the ankle bracelet would have alarmed and locked down the place. Did this guy just stroll right through anyhow? If Joe Shmoe that works at any regular job like the rest of us would've done this he'd be sitting in jail. This hospital should be backing it's nurses for enforcing policies as they should have been and investigating what business this ER Doc had in this whole situation. Sounds like a case of brown nosing a "distinguished " family that have behaved anyway they have chosen to behave for way to long.
Covington February 28, 2012 at 07:33 PM
To M.B. ~~ I know the facts, after being employed over 50 yrs. at an acute care facility. The removal of a baby from the nursing unit before the date of discharge, is AGAINST hospital policy. The rules in place are there to protect the baby ~ No matter whos' child it is. One more example of bad behavior by a Kennedy. Hate to say that, but it is true !
JoAnn Bonistall February 28, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Did Kennedy consider the amount of germs that a hospital carries while he strolled with his newborn down the halls. Not the brightest bulb on the tree!!! If for no other reason his, newborns health should have come first.
Meg Tudor February 28, 2012 at 08:31 PM
The baby was dressed only in the hospital's blanket, not warm enough for temperatures in the 60's for a newborn. In any event Kennedy and the ER doctor flouted the hospital's regulations which they were both aware of (Kennedy has other children-the doctor should know better). Due to their outrageous behavior Kennedy has now been charged with at least 2 misdemeanors and the doctor may face sanctions from his employers. He is an ER doctor. It was not his place to help his friend do a run around on the maternity ward's rules. It was unprofessional.
dleighg February 28, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Yes, your post reminds me that when I took my newborn to see the pediatrician for her first appt they whisked her in by a side door so we wouldn't walk through the waiting room with all those germ machine kids! That's normal protocol for newborns. So I don't think wandering about a hospital is such a great idea either!
Melissa February 28, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Hospital policies and rules are in place for a reason and will be followed even when and if we don't like them. This incident should not be questioning the nurses doing their job. The tape clearly shows Mr. Kennedy assaulting the nurse at the elevator. Congrats to the Nurses for doing your job well!
j.blandi rn February 28, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Is the woman in the picture with Kennedy and baby a grandma? Looks too old to be Mom....how old is this Kennedy and who was his father?
Jerry Eimbinder February 28, 2012 at 10:55 PM
By far, this is the best reporting about this incident. It has details not found in coverage by other media.
Sandra Irving February 29, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Unbelieveable! The nurses were wonderful and brave. The doctor should be fired,and charged with neglect. Mr. Kennedy should be evulated for drugs. Very inappropriate to and concerning behavior to want to take a newborn outside in January.
A. M. Hjort, RN, RNFA February 29, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Not to mention that once that baby has left the OB floor, or Mom's room...the infant has been exposed to potential health issues that could be transmitted to other infants in the newborn nursery. As for the nurses, I hope they pursue this to the MAX against both Kennedy and the out of his realm ER doc. Sounds to me like assault and battery among other things!
mitzi February 29, 2012 at 01:42 AM
This is crazy. I have ahd 2 children and the normal procedure is to be accompanied by a nurse, with the baby in mother arms. While mother is in a wheelchair, to a waiting ride of some sort and that the baby be transported in a proper carseat. Besides I tend to believe the nurses on this one. I see know reason why they would lie. These nurses live to help those little babies survive those first critical moments of life. This Kennedy guuy most have some pretty good connection to cover this up.
Teleman February 29, 2012 at 01:53 AM
This Kennedy guy is a complete jackwagon- I've got 3 healthy kids- never did I see it necessary to take them out of the hospital for "fresh air" when they were born.
Donna Olston February 29, 2012 at 03:58 AM
MB you aren't a nurse or any other medical professional are you?
Alison March 01, 2012 at 12:46 PM
The Doc, Tim Haydock has been childhood pals with the RFK kids since he was a teenager. Basically he's now become a groupie at Kennedy family functions. It sounds like Kennedy wanted to take the baby to the ER room and not outside? How is being in the ER giving him fresh air?
Lcain March 02, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Kennedy thinks rules are for everone else. How dare he harm two nurses in charge of his baby's safey. What was he thinking. EVERYONE knows the rules in a maternity ward. Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy should be ashamed of themselves for blaming the nurses for such a blatant disregard for baby's welfare. They need to grow up. The ER doc giving the OB nurses direction? What a dummy!
PC Lover March 03, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Kennedy may be a fool, but parental rights should supercede hospital or medical policy. In my opinion, unless the child had a medical condition this should be a non-issue. It seems they were in the hospital due to C-Section, not a medical condition of the child. The nurses may have felt they were protecting the child but in fact they were infringing on a fathers' right and privelege. If the child had a medical condition then say so, otherwise it is perfectly normal for a parent to want their child to have fresh air. If the nurses were unhappy they should have expressed themselves, noted it in the chart, and moved on....not physically attacked. To accuse a father of child abduction shows a complete lack of common sense and caring. Are you really suggesting the nurses did not know he was the father? If this was a natural childbirth they would have been home already with no nurses to protect the child from the big bad Kennedy...then what...plenty of fresh air!
tommyboy March 03, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Has nothing to do with the mother minding or not minding him taking baby outside. Hospital policy trumps her will while she and baby are in their care,as ie should be. The question is who's in charge ? Certainly not doug the brat. SUE, SUE, SUE and sue some more. Let's hope the get a Kopechnie settlement then the won't ever have to deal with whit trash again.
Heron March 03, 2012 at 11:34 PM
I am really curious about one legal aspect of this case -- can a hospital prevent someone from leaving who wants to go??? I wish a lawyer would weigh in on this. I know that a hospital CAN detain someone who they consider to be a threat to themselves or to other people. Technically, I guess Douglas Kennedy could be considered a threat to the health of his newborn son, and so maybe they could prevent him from leaving with the child.
MKres March 03, 2012 at 11:57 PM
I'm not lawyer, but I would think that a hospital can't prevent a patient from leaving if he or she chooses. However, in this case, the patient was a newborn. A newborn can not make the decision to leave. If his father wanted his newborn baby to leave, he should have checked the baby out of the hospital and officially taken over reponsibility for the child's welfare. He shouldn't be able to take the baby out and then return it to the hospital's care. A hospital, unlike a library, does not allow borrowing.
Frank J March 04, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Unless there is a danger to the child or in this case infant, the parent under the law can remove the child against medical advice. The Hospital regulations state that in order to do this you would have to sign a paper stating that you are leaving against medical advice. A paper that all hospitals have. If you don't sign the paper it doesn't make it any more or less legal. One of the things that might happen if you leave against medical advice is that you would not be allowed to return to the floor but would have to be re-admitted with all the associated examinations and paper work. However, having said all that, this case goes beyond the norm which would be a civil discussion followed by leaving peacefully. The facts that make this case different is the alleged assault by the father. Even though he was within his legal rights to leave, he didn't have the right to assault anyone. I'm afraid you won't settle this one on the forum, it's going to end up in court.

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