Suffolk DA: Former Good Samaritan Hospital nurse arrested for slamming infant onto bassinet
A registered nurse formerly employed at Good Samaritan Hospital has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child for slamming a two-day-old infant face down onto a bassinet, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond Tierney.
Amanda Burke, 29, of Holbrook, is accused of committing the act in the West Islip hospital's neonatal intensive care unit in February.
The infant's father recorded a video of the incident on his cellphone through the nursery window. After viewing the recording, the infant's mother, Consuelo Saravia, confronted Burke.
"I was so angry because he literally just came into the world," Saravia says. "That's so messed up to just handle a baby like that. A newborn. It's crazy."
When the parents notified other members of Good Samaritan Hospital's nursing staff of Burke's act, the Holbrook woman was directed to leave the hospital and her employment was terminated within hours of the incident.
Tierney says the investigation was sparked by News 12's reporting of the alleged incident.
"It's jarring, especially considering the person who did that is someone who received training and we entrust the care of the most vulnerable among us," Tierney said.
The child named Nikko is now 2 months old and thankfully was not hurt.
Burke surrendered to the Suffolk County Police Department Wednesday morning and was issued a desk appearance ticket to appear at First District Court on May 2 for arraignment.
Nobody came to the door at Burke's home on Wednesday.
Saravia says she is grateful that the nurse accused of slamming her baby will be held responsible.
"I hope she does not work in any type of medical field ever again," Saravia says. "They finally got her. That's all I wanted."
The Suffolk County District Attorney's Office notified the state Department of Education's office in Professional Discipline of the investigation. Burke's license to practice as a registered nurse has not been suspended.