Douglas Kennedy, son of RFK, acquitted in NY maternity ward scuffle involving his newborn son

The Associated Press

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - A son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy has been acquitted of child endangerment and harassment charges.

The charges stemmed from Douglas Kennedy's attempt in January to take his newborn son from a suburban New York maternity ward.

A Mount Kisco town judge issued his ruling Tuesday.

Two nurses said Kennedy hurt them as they tried to prevent him from leaving with 2-day-old Anthony Boru Kennedy. They said he was violating hospital policy.

Kennedy claimed he was just taking the baby outside for some fresh air.

The confrontation resulted in a series of alarms at the hospital, including a "code pink," which is used to signal a baby's abduction.

The defence alleged that the nurses were trying to set up a civil lawsuit and get money from Kennedy.