RFK's Son Charged After Clash With Maternity Nurses

He was trying to take a walk with his newborn
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2012 2:20 PM CST
Douglas Kennedy in a 2006 file photo with his wife.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – It's one of the stranger Kennedy scrapes with the law: Douglas Kennedy, the 44-year-old son of RFK, got into a dispute with nurses outside his newborn's maternity ward and faces misdemeanor charges of harassment and endangering the welfare of a child, reports NBC New York. Kennedy took his baby from the ward in Northern Westchester Hospital near New York City, because he apparently wanted to take a walk with the infant.

Nurses tried to stop him near an elevator, and while AP says there's disagreement over exactly what happened next, one of the nurses ended up on the floor. (The NBC link has hospital video.) She says Kennedy kicked her. He calls the allegations and the charges "absurd." "It is sickening to think that our simple desire to take our son outside for fresh air has been warped into a charge of child endangerment," Kennedy and his wife said in a statement. "The nurse had no right to attempt to grab our child out of his father's arms." (Read more Douglas Kennedy stories.)

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