A Long Island nurse was arrested and charged last week after she was caught on video grabbing a two-day-old infant and hitting him across the face in his crib.
Nurse Amanda Burke, 29, was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a Class 1 misdemeanor.
The incident for which she was charged took place on February 6 at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, Long Island.
“Burke approached the newborn while he was lying in a crib, lifted him up, quickly turned him over, and violently slammed him face down in the crib,” prosecutors said at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.
Baby Niko was just two days old when a nurse was caught on camera hitting him face down in his cot in the neonatal intensive care unit, where he was receiving a dose of antibiotics.
Burke, at the time a registered nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit, was responsible for baby Niko’s care.
The baby’s father, Fidel Sinclair, recorded the incident on his mobile phone through the window of the neonatal intensive care unit, where Niko was receiving a dose of antibiotics.
The baby’s mother, Consuela Saravia, confronted the nurse about the footage.
A press release stated that Burke was fired “within hours of the incident”.
“The allegations against this defendant, who is entrusted with the care of our most vulnerable citizens, are truly disturbing,” said Regional Attorney Raymond Tierney.
“This case should not have resulted in criminal charges,” said Robert Gottlieb, Burke’s attorney.
Amanda is an outstanding, exemplary, and compassionate nurse who has never and will not do anything to endanger any infant or patient under her care.
The affected child was not infected or was ever at risk of infection. The prosecutor’s statements are unfounded and not justified by all the facts that will appear in court.
Burke’s trial is scheduled for May 2. Her nursing license has not been suspended.
Back in February, Saravia said the video left her very distraught. It was heartbreaking. I couldn’t stop crying. I couldn’t even sleep, she said.
The new mom confronted the nurse who abused her baby: “I told her, ‘I don’t want you to touch my baby! I just criticized him.
Oh no, she said, if you think I mistreated him or anything, I’m sorry.
The child was ultimately unharmed.
New parents Fidel Sinclair and Consuela Saravia were horrified when they saw a nurse treat their newborn baby who was in the neonatal intensive care unit.
He later returns home with his parents, but they are left shaken and stressed after the accident
Nico’s mother, Consuela Saravia, said she was so distraught over the incident that she couldn’t sleep and instead cried
Good Samaritan Hospital is located on Montauk Highway in West Islip, Long Island where the accident occurred. The hospital is part of the Catholic Health System and one of six hospitals
Fortunately, baby Niko was unharmed and later returned home with his parents
In February, a Good Samaritan Hospital spokesperson told DailyMail.com that the nurse was “recently employed” and terminated immediately after the accident.
“Upon learning of this incident, prompt and immediate action was taken, including conducting an investigation and thus ending the case of the person involved,” the hospital official said.
In addition, we reported the individual to the Ministry of Health for further review. Keeping our patients safe remains our primary concern.
Niko’s father, who observed the accident, said there were many other babies in the NICU at the time he observed it.
“There were a lot of kids involved, and that made me feel as if it happened to Niko that it happened too,” Sinclair said.
“I find it absurd that in a room like this all the curtains are closed.”
The parents said the room had no security cameras and Sinclair felt lucky enough to be able to catch the nurse on duty and see his son through the curtain and catch the irregularities going on.
A DailyMail.com spokesperson said placing curtains in the ICU is “standard procedure”.
They said: “It is standard procedure to place curtains in the neonatal intensive care unit to provide privacy for patients and their families and because services are managed at bedside.”