Doug Kennedy baby case: Second nurse says his kick landed her on the floor

Douglas Kennedy exits the Mount Kisco courthouse. (June Douglas Kennedy exits the Mount Kisco courthouse. (June 14, 2012) Photo Credit: John Meore

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The second nurse who says she was roughed up by Douglas Kennedy during a maternity ward scuffle in January took the stand Tuesday and said she was kicked by Kennedy as she tried to help his two-day old son.

The Jan. 7 fracas led to Kennedy's arrest on charges of child endangerment and physical harassment.

"It looked like the baby was unsteady," nurse Cari Luciano said. "He looked like he was shaking. So that's when I reached forward out of concern. When I did, Mr. Kennedy kicked me."

She said Kennedy, 45, of Chappaqua, the 10th child of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, kicked her hard enough that both of them landed on the ground, her in the hallway near the maternity ward stairwell and Kennedy dangerously close to tumbling down a flight of stairs with the baby, Anthony Boru, in his arms.

Kennedy's lawyer, Robert Gottlieb had just begun his cross-examination of Luciano when Mount Kisco Judge John Donohue ended testimony for the day in the nonjury trial.

The case will resume Wednesday with Luciano on the stand where she is likely to face the same fierce questioning that nurse Anna Lane did.

Lane and Luciano said they were merely trying to prevent Kennedy from removing the improperly dressed baby from the ward without permission.

Under cross-examination by Gottlieb Tuesday Lane admitted Northern Westchester Hospital does not have a policy that prevents fathers from taking their babies from the maternity ward. Kennedy, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, faces a maximum of a year behind bars if convicted.

On Monday, the teary-eyed Lane testified that Kennedy twisted her arm and shoved her out of his way.

"I kept the baby in my sight at all times," Lane said. "I stepped inside the elevator and put my finger on the 'door open' button. I was actually asking him to calm down."

Lane, who has worked as a neonatal nurse for 10 years, was one of several staffers involved in the Jan. 7 tussle with Kennedy at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco that led to the misdemeanor charges of child endangerment and physical harassment.

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