Robert F. Kennedy's son, Douglas, has been charged with child endangerment after an alleged clash with two maternity nurses who tried to stop him removing his newborn son, Boru, out of a Westchester hospital.
Kennedy claims he was taking the three-day-old out for fresh air on Jan. 7 as his wife, Molly, recuperated from a Caesarean section, the New York Daily News quoted a source close to the family as saying.
According to NBC New York, which first reported the charges, the nurses had instructed Kennedy not to remove the child.
When he allegedly ignored their instructions, they called a "code pink," said Elliot Taub, a lawyer for the nurses. "That is, it looks like it's someone trying to abscond from the hospital with a newborn."
Fox News, which employs Kennedy, 44, as a reporter, wrote that Kennedy was in the company of doctor and longtime family friend Timothy Haydock "when nurse Anna Margaret Lane tried to stop him entering an elevator and then a stairwell."
The allegations against Kennedy include that he grabbed Lane by the wrist in an attempt to open a door to the stairwell before allegedly kicking nurse Cari Maleman Luciano as she tried to grab the baby's head.
NBC cited Lane's deposition as saying that while the nursing staff was encouraging Kennedy to return the baby to his bassinet, Haydock reportedly encouraged Kennedy to walk with the baby by telling nurses that he was with him.
However, according to Fox a statement from Kennedy and his wife, Molly, called the allegations "absurd."
"The nurse had no right to attempt to grab our child out of his father's arms," the statement said, adding that Kennedy "was shocked and appalled when she did so."
The nurses intend to sue, according to Kennedy's lawyer Robert C. Gottlieb, telling the Daily News that it was "nothing more than a money grab."