Douglas Kennedy, a Fox News reporter and the son of the late Robert F. Kennedy, was arraigned Thursday night on charges of child endangerment and harassment relating to a January 7 incident when he tried leaving a Westchester hospital's maternity ward with his 2-day-old newborn. At least two nurses, going by surveillance footage acquired by NBC New York, tried to stop Kennedy when he stepped into an elevator cradling the baby, saying he wasn't authorized to take it outside. When Kennedy made for a nearby stairwell, the nurses confronted him again, issuing a code pink, which means someone is believed to be absconding with a baby. At this point the video shows a scuffle, with one nurse claiming Kennedy twisted her arm while a second is seen falling to the floor — she later testified that he kicked her in "the left side of my pelvic area." According to the nurses' lawyer, they then issued a code purple that alerts hospital staff to a potentially dangerous individual on the premises.
The Kennedys are not taking these charges quietly, however, accusing the nurses of improperly attempting to grab their baby and then attacking Douglas. In a statement to NBC New York, they called the allegations "absurd," adding:
It is sickening to think our simple desire to take our son outside for fresh air has been warped into a charge of child endangerment.
In the Kennedys' camp is also longtime family friend Dr. Timothy Haydock, who works on a different floor of the hospital but was with Douglas Kennedy at the time of the standoff.
I witnessed the incident and I can state unequivocally that the nurses were the only aggressors
The Kennedys' lawyer, who mentions the "misconduct of two nurses" but not whether any actual charges will be filed against them, insists his client was acting "very quietly, politely."