Charge dropped against nurse accused of roughly handling newborn

Good Samaritan Hospital nurse Amanda Burke was charged with endangering the welfare of a child last year after she was caught on camera roughly flipping a two-day old baby.

Cecilia Dowd

Mar 25, 2024, 12:16 PM

Updated 19 days ago

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The trial for Amanda Burke, the person accused of roughly handling a newborn, was supposed to start on Monday.
Instead, the child endangerment charge she was facing was dismissed.
“I’m just happy it’s over. It was a nightmare,” Burke told reporters.
Her attorney Robert Gottlieb said his client never should have been charged, saying this was a “disgraceful prosecution.”
The office of Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney issued the following statement:
“Unfortunately, despite the disturbing video which captured the incident in this case, the New York State Department of Licensing found the defendant did not act with gross negligence. As such, we could not prove the charge beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.”
Burke, who lost her job at Good Samaritan University Hospital following the incident, said she still practices as a nurse.
The baby, named Nikko, was OK following the incident. His grandmother told News 12 the family is very upset about the charge being dropped.


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