Douglas Kennedy trial: Hospital security guard recalls scuffle
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A security guard called to the scene of a violent scuffle between Douglas Kennedy and two maternity nurses said Thursday the son of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy Sr. had one question for him after the Jan. 7 fracas.
"Do you know who I am?" Kennedy said, according to Northern Westchester Hospital security guard Kevin Galvin, who testified at the trial of Kennedy, 45, in Mount Kisco Justice Court.
Kennedy, the 10th of 11 children, is charged with child endangerment and physical harassment from the altercation on the third-floor maternity ward. Kennedy is accused of twisting one nurse's arm and kicking another as they tried to stop him from taking his 2-day-old son, Anthony Boru, out of the hospital. The nurses said Kennedy was doing so without permission and without the baby properly dressed and in a bassinet, as required by hospital policies.
One nurse, Cari Luciano, said a kick from Kennedy sent her flying during the scuffle. Another nurse, Anna Lane, said Kennedy twisted her arm to move her away from a door blocking his path to the stairwell.
Luciano said she moved in to protect the baby and that Kennedy kicked her at that moment.
"It looked like the baby was unsteady," Cari Luciano said under questioning Tuesday by prosecutors. "He looked like he was shaking. So that's when I reached forward out of concern. When I did, Mr. Kennedy kicked me."
Both nurses faced withering cross-examination from Kennedy's lawyer, Robert Gottlieb. Kennedy has pleaded not guilty and his lawyers have painted the nurses as hungry for money and fame, saying they were using Kennedy's name to get on national television and to get cash from him.
But Galvin testified it was Kennedy who dropped the family name after the scuffle, contending that as he followed Kennedy back to the room of his wife, Molly, Kennedy stopped abruptly and turned to him to inquire whether the guard knew he was a member of the famous clan.
Testimony is expected to wrap up Thursday in the nonjury trial that is being heard by Judge John Donohue.
Gottlieb indicated outside the courthouse that he would call a doctor who was at the scene of the scuffle, Dr. Timothy Haydock, a Kennedy family friend and emergency room physician at the hospital. Gottlieb did not say whether Douglas Kennedy, a Chappaqua resident, would testify.
Kennedy faces up to a year in jail if convicted.