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Northern Westchester Hospital Defends Nurses in Kennedy Incident

MT. KISCO, N.Y. – Officials at Northern Westchester Hospital Center Monday defended nurses who confronted Douglas Kennedy when he attempted to take his newborn son out of the hospital, but declined to give further details on the incident.

Kennedy, a broadcaster for the Fox News Channel and son of the late Robert Kennedy, allegedly got into an altercation with hospital nurses earlier this year and was charged with child endangerment after fighting with nurses when he tried taking the child outside to get some fresh air, according to reports by WNBC New York and the New York Daily News .

Northern Westchester Hospital Spokesperson Mark Vincent released the following statement to Main Street Connect Monday morning:

“On January 7th, 2012 an incident occurred involving a patient’s family member and NWH staff members. At Northern Westchester Hospital, patient safety is our priority and we completely support the actions of our nursing staff in this case as they were clearly acting out of concern for the safety of a newborn baby. Out of respect to all parties involved, we are not elaborating on the details of this incident or providing any additional comments”

Kennedy and his wife released a comment late last week saying nurses assaulted him while he was holding his child.