RFK Son Didn't Abuse Infant, Child Services Agency Finds

In January, Douglas Kennedy tried to take his newborn baby from the hospital while nurses tried to stop him, police said

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    This surveillance video from Northern Westchester Hospital shows Douglas Kennedy trying to take his newborn child from the hospital and clashing with hospital staff, according to a lawyer for one of the nurses involved. Kennedy and his wife said the nurses were the ones in the wrong. (Published Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012)

    New York's child protection agency has found no evidence that the son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy ever abused or mistreated his newborn son, Douglas Kennedy's lawyer told NBC New York.

    Kennedy's attorney, Robert Gottlieb, told NBC New York his client received a letter from the Office of Children and Family Services that reads in part, "No credible evidence was found to believe that the child has been abused or maltreated."  

    The agency was called to investigate after Kennedy was charged with child endangerment in February. The charge stemmed from his attempt to take his infant son from a suburban hospital's maternity ward on Jan. 7.

    Gottlieb added the letter says OCFS officials have determined any allegation of child abuse to be "unfounded."

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    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. Douglas Kennedy and his wife called the charges "absurd" and said the nurses were in the wrong. Jonathan Dienst reports. This story was published Feb. 24, 2012 at 11:31 p.m. (Published Thursday, Apr 26, 2012)

    Kennedy still faces a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child and two violations related to his confrontation with two nurses during the January incident.

    Gottlieb said the OCFS finding does not directly relate to the child endangerment charge, but said, "It is our fervent hope that the Westchester district attorney will continue to evaluate this case and we remain hopeful that the DA will ultimately dismiss that charge."

    A spokesman for the Westchester district attorney's office said the case will proceed as charged through its next court date. Kennedy is next due in court in Mount Kisco April 12.

    The OCFS finding has nothing to do with charges of physical harassment against Kennedy stemming from the same incident at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco.

    One nurse says Kennedy twisted her arm as she tried to keep him from leaving with the baby and another says he kicked her.

    Kennedy, 44, has said he was protecting the child as the nurses tried to grab him. He and his wife, Molly, issued a statement in February that said, "Our simple desire to take our son outside for fresh air has been warped into a charge of child endangerment."

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