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Maternity nurse Cari Luciano says she was stunned to be in scrap with Douglas Kennedy
Husband claims his petite wife was just trying to do her job at Northern Westchester Hospital
Douglas Kennedy and his wife Molly with their son Boru.
The petite, Brooklyn-born nurse who tussled with Robert F. Kennedy’s son in a hospital maternity ward was stunned that she fought with a member of Camelot, her husband said Saturday.
Steve Luciano, 57, said his 5-foot-tall wife, Cari, was just doing her job when she tried to stop Douglas Kennedy from leaving the hospital with his 2-day-old baby boy.
“Her comment to me that night was, ‘I was assaulted tonight and could you believe it, it was a Kennedy who did it?’” Luciano told the Daily News on Saturday in front of his Hopewell Junction home.
RFK'S SON CHARGED AFTER TUSSLE AT WESTCHESTER HOSPITAL
He said his wife and nurse Anna Lane were simply trying to stop Kennedy, 44, from leaving the Northern Westchester Hospital with the baby, Boru, on Jan. 7 against hospital rules.
Steve Luciano said Kennedy kicked his wife in the pelvis and twisted Lane’s arm. The scuffle was caught on security camera.
“My wife was assisting Anna to simply encourage Mr. Kennedy to place the child back into its bassinet,” Luciano said. “It appears on camera that they stumbled into the stairwell and then he veered back and kicked Cari and she went sprawling to the floor.”
Both women filed police reports the night of the incident and appeared at the Mount Kisco police station a couple days later, Luciano said.
Cops arrested Kennedy on Thursday. He was charged with harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.
Kennedy ¬- whose lawyer described the allegations as a “money grab” — said in a statement on Friday that the allegations were “absurd.” Kennedy, a father of five, has said the fracas started when a nurse tried to grab his baby from his arms.
“We’re looking forward to having a full picture of the events that occurred that night come to light,” Kennedy family spokesman Stefan Friedman said Saturday.
Timothy Haydock, a medical doctor who has been friends with Kennedy for 40 years, witnessed the incident and in a statement said the nurses were the aggressors.
But Steve Luciano said the idea that his wife and Lane were the aggressors was ridiculous. “Cari is probably 5 feet tall on her best day,” Luciano said.
He said the kids in the maternity ward are tagged with GPS.
“My understanding is that Mr. Kennedy took it off and said something like, ‘My son needs to get fresh air,’” Luciano said. “From my perspective, the doctor assumed that between your name [Kennedy] and my status, what rules apply?”
Luciano said his wife was not available for comment but is originally from Midwood, Brooklyn.
“I don’t think that anybody, even a Kennedy, should go around kicking hospital personnel and believe there are no ramifications,” he said, adding that a civil suit was a possibility.