Nurse Accused of Slamming Newborn Into Bassinet

A Long Island nurse who was recorded allegedly treating a newborn baby roughly was arrested Wednesday and charged with endangering the welfare of a minor. Prosecutors say Amanda Burke, 29, was fired within hours of the alleged incident on Feb. 6 in the neonatal intensive care unit at Good Samaritan Hospital, NBC News reports. Father Fidel Sinclair said he was filming his 2-day-old son Nikko through a nursery window and was shocked to see the nurse apparently slam the crying boy face down in a bassinet.

"Burke approached the newborn while he was lying in a bassinet, lifted him up, quickly flipped him over, and violently slammed him face down in the bassinet," prosecutors said. Nikko’s mother, Consuelo Saravia, said she confronted Burke after seeing the video, and the nurse said, "Oh no, if you think I mishandled him or anything, I’m sorry." They reported Burke to hospital authorities, who said "swift and immediate action was taken" after an internal investigation.

"The allegations against this defendant, who is someone entrusted with the care of our most vulnerable citizens, are truly disturbing," Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond A. Tierney said in a news release. Burke's lawyer says the baby was not injured and charges should not have been filed. "Amanda has always been an exceptional and compassionate nurse," Robert Gottlieb said, per PIX11. "She would never do anything to harm an infant under her care and we are sure the evidence gathered will show that." 

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