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Douglas Kennedy Explains Why He Kicked Baby Nurse In Stomach

Tue, October 23, 2012 1:13pm EDT by 5 Comments
Douglas Kennedy Trial Assault
Courtesy of NBC News

The 45-year-old son of Robert F. Kennedy, who is on trial for harassment and child endangerment, is claiming he acted out of paternal instinct when he kicked a nurse after she tried to prevent him from stepping outside the hospital with his own baby.

During opening statements on Oct .22 for the trial of Douglas Kennedy, 45, his defense lawyers said the father of five was acting out of instinct after he kicked a baby nurse who blocked him from taking his newborn baby outside on Jan. 7.

Attorney Celia Gordon said Douglas “just wanted to take his baby out for some fresh air” when he tried to exit the Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, New York with his newborn son.

She added that nurses overreacted and were unnecessarily abrasive.

But prosecutor Amy Puerto said Douglas violated hospital policy, and nurses were just enforcing the necessary procedures. After he refused to obey the rules, the prosecution alleged Douglas kicked nurse Cari Maleman Luciano “so hard in the abdomen that she fell to the floor.”

Another nurse, Anna Margaret Lane, was also allegedly hurt in the scuffle after Douglas apparently grabbed her hand and twisted her arm.

But Douglas’ attorney Celia insists her client has a legitimate reason for the brawl — he was acting on paternal instinct. “He was trying to keep her from taking his baby,” she said.

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