MOUNT KISCO, N.Y.— Two Northern Westchester Hospital nurses who have accused Douglas Kennedy of injuring them during a Jan. 7 incident at the hospital sought financial compensation and an apology before pursuing criminal charges, according to the New York Post.
The son of late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy rejected a confidential March 19 “settlement proposal” reportedly written by Elliott Taub, lawyer for nurses Cari Luciano and Anna Lane, according to the Post.
The charges stem from the nurses’ sworn depositions that Kennedy, a Chappaqua resident, twisted the arm of one and kicked the other as they tried prevent him from taking his newborn son, Bo, out of the maternity ward for what he called “fresh air."
Taub's letter reportedly contained an offer to withdraw his clients' claims in exchange for “a monetary settlement to each nurse the sum of which is to be agreed upon and paid, commensurate with each nurse’s physical and psychological injuries, pain and suffering,” the Post said.
Neither Taub nor his clients returned calls seeking comment, according to the Post.
Kennedy has pled not guilty to charges of misdemeanor child endangerment and two counts of harassment. The case is scheduled to go to trial Oct. 22 in Mount Kisco.
Kennedy reportedly rejected a deal that would require him to plead guilty to “some charge,” with a community service penalty to be set by the court or the district attorney. The deal reportedly included "preferably collecting garbage daily in Mount Kisco or Chappaqua for at least two weeks,” making a public apology on the "Today" show and donating money to a children’s health charity.
According to the Post, a spokesman for Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore declined to comment, but a source close to the case contended there was “not even a hint” of plea bargaining.