Police in Pennsylvania say a nurse has dropped a newborn boy at a hospital, fracturing his skull.
According to a report from the AP, the baby’s mother says a doctor told her the nurse was “drowsy.”
The hospital and Uniontown police say the 30-year veteran nurse at Uniontown Hospital was holding the baby at about 6 a.m. Tuesday when he fell from her grasp.
Mother Jacqueline Hunt tells WPXI-TV that a pediatrician told her the nurse was feeding and burping her 1-day-old son “and she was drowsy and fell asleep and dropped him.”
‘If she was tired, she should have known professionally not to pick up this child,’ Hunt said.
Hunt said staff did not alert as to what happened until an hour after.
By that point, Eli was already in a neck brace.
‘It’s just heartbreaking,’ she said.
‘I mean, if it was an accident, you can admit and tell us it was an accident.
‘There’s no need to lie.’
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Hall says he has a skull fracture but is expected to recover.
The hospital says, “We are sorry that such a wonderful event has been overshadowed by an unfortunate situation.”
Police are investigating but say they don’t believe criminal conduct was involved.