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Douglas Kennedy, Presiding Doctor Dispute Child Endangerment Charge

Physician, along with Douglas Kennedy, issue statements in response to the charges.

Douglas Kennedy is hitting back at accusations that he broke the law by taking his newborn son, Bo, out of the maternity ward at .

Kennedy, a Chappaqua resident and son of Robert Kennedy, issued a press statement Saturday afternoon.

"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," he said in a joint statement with his wife, Molly, in describing the Jan. 7 incident.

Dr. Timothy Haydock, a physician at the hospital for nearly three decades and friend of Douglas Kennedy's, also disputes the charges.

"I was a witness to the events of January 2012," he said in a statement. "Then and now I felt that Douglas would not be putting his healthy child at risk or danger by taking him for a quick walk outside."

Haydock also stated that the nurses originally consented with his assessment, and added that he was going to accompany Douglas Kennedy during that time.

He added: "I witnessed the incident and I can state unequivocally that the nurses were the only aggressors. To charge Mr. Kennedy with a crime is simply in comprehensible to me."

Kennedy was arraigned on Thursday in connection with the charges, which were endangering the welfare of a child (a misdemeanor) and harrassment, a violation.

Stefan Friedman, a spokesman for the family, said that the next court date is April 5.

The story was first reported by WNBC, which obtained surveillance footage showing Kennedy taking his son out.

A copy of their statements is attached to this story as a PDF file.

 


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Carol June 15, 2012 at 06:18 PM
YIKES...what on earth does assassination have to do with this incident? Ugly hate? The only hate was kicking a nurse in the pelvis and landing her on the floor because someone dared to challenge him. He is not entitled to do as he pleases in a hospital. He was not at home and the nurse wasn't on his payroll. She does not follow HIS orders.
Alice Luft July 14, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Law does indeed trump policy. I am appalled at the number of people who don't recognize the difference and blindly defer to "authority" without quesion.
lenny July 14, 2012 at 07:44 PM
CAROL iF ANYONE PUTS INFANTS OR OTHERS IN JEOPARDY READ WHAT I SAID CALL SECURITY, PERIOD
Carol July 14, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Lenny, I'm willing to bet that security was called after the nurses were injured. I don't believe for a minute that ANY nurse tried to do anything that would result in harm to the newborn infant. The nurse reached out to the babies head to stabilize it, which COULD result in injury. Too bad his father didn't consider that as an issue. The nurses thought they were dealing with a rational person that they could deal with. Obviously, they were mistaken.
Carol July 14, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Correction.... Baby's head

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