Trial Date Set in Kennedy Newborn Case in NY - NBC New York

Trial Date Set in Kennedy Newborn Case in NY

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



    Trial Date Set in Kennedy Newborn Case in NY


    A trial date has been set in the case of a New York maternity ward scuffle involving a son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.

    A Mount Kisco town judge said Thursday that Douglas Kennedy will go on trial Oct. 22. Kennedy has pleaded not guilty to physical harassment and child endangerment.

    Kennedy says he wanted the baby to get some fresh air.

    RAW VIDEO: Kennedy Hospital Confrontation

    [NY] RAW VIDEO: Kennedy Hospital Confrontation
    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)

    The charges stem from Kennedy's Jan. 7 attempt to take his 2-day-old son from the maternity ward at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco. Nurses Cari Luciano and Anna Lane tried to stop him, citing hospital policy, and two claim he injured them.

    The judge also denied most of Kennedy's requests for access to hospital records. But he said the hospital should turn over its written policies about taking a baby from the hospital.

    Kennedy had to sign a renewal of a temporary restraining order keeping him away from the nurses. It is now extended until February 2013. 

    Thursday's proceeding lasted only three minutes but half the courtroom was filled. Some were supporters of Kennedy, others were nurses supporting Luciano and Lane.


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    I-Team Exclusive: Son of RFK Arrested in Hospital Clash, Police Say

    [NY] I-Team Exclusive: Son of RFK Arrested in Hospital Clash, Police Say
    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, April 26, 2012)