Feb 14, 2018, 11:56 AM ET

Several 'unexplained injuries' to babies reported at Wisconsin hospital's newborn ICU: Police

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Several "unexplained injuries" to babies at a Wisconsin hospital's newborn intensive care unit are under investigation by the local police, according to authorities.

Authorities at Meriter Hospital in Madison reached out to the Madison police on Friday and detectives with the department's special victims unit have been investigating since then, police said.

PHOTO: The UnityPoint Health Meriter hospital in Madison, Wis., is seen in a photo posted to the hospitals Facebook page in 2016.UnityPoint Health-Meriter/Facebook
The UnityPoint Health Meriter hospital in Madison, Wis., is seen in a photo posted to the hospital's Facebook page in 2016.

No arrests have been made, Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain told ABC News today, but one employee has been suspended, hospital spokeswoman Leah Huibregtse told ABC News, adding that the investigation is ongoing.

PHOTO: The UnityPoint Health Meriter hospital in Madison, Wis., is seen in an undated photo posted to the hospitals Facebook page.UnityPoint Health-Meriter/Facebook
The UnityPoint Health Meriter hospital in Madison, Wis., is seen in an undated photo posted to the hospital's Facebook page.

The hospital has implemented extra monitoring and security measures and is conducting an internal review, Huibregtse said in a statement.

"Nurturing and protecting the health of our patients is our highest priority, so we were heartbroken to recently learn of patient safety concerns regarding some of our youngest patients," the hospital statement said. "Our care team is keenly focused on supporting our patients and their families. Our determination to provide the best and safest care could not be stronger.

"We will continue to cooperate with all appropriate agencies and will do all we can to bring about a swift and appropriate resolution," the statement said, adding, "We are also updating the families involved in this matter."

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  • Dicazi

    Wasn't it less than a year ago that aides in a military hospital were "dancing" newborns by yanking their arms around. And posted it on-line.

  • Gargos

    Nobody should just be "suspended". If something happened that was drastic enough to suspend them, there had to be enough evidence to believe they were at fault. Injuring newborns is about as low as you can go and no sympathy should be shown for this person.

  • scorpion6091

    Should be all on tape! This should be standard in all neonatal units! If it was my kid I would pull this persons card! Kids are off limits........

  • Nancy Barton

    What kind of article was this??? It didn't say anything about what happened!! Wait
    a minute.....and now I see several wrote just what I did! Well, I guess we are all right. So......
    what kind of "news" is this??? Did you just want to get into print online?

  • Holly Hilpert

    The story is leaving things out, like what type of injuries. Well had to be caused by some staff member, since it sure the heck wasn't a ghost or poltergeist causing the injuries. Look up Genane Jones. The nurse who worked in San Antonio and I believe Kerrville years ago. Now she is locked away in a Texas prision and has been for many years for killing some little ones.

  • Jenna

    They need to put cameras everywhere and make it an instant dismissal offense to take a baby anywhere that isn't on camera.

  • USAF Retired

    The article doesn't explain what type of injuries these babies suffered, not that it matters. This is pure negligence or willful conduct, both being unacceptable.

  • EastCoastGirl

    What type of injuries? That's what I want to know!

  • Barbara Smith

    What exactly happened to the babies? Incomplete story - typical.

  • TryNot2Get2Technical

    Welcome to LawSuitVille Hospital.
    The reporter couldn't find ONE relative to collaborate the injury stories to at last find out what sort of "injuries" they were? Reporting is so slim these days - just be the FIRST media outlet to run the story!

  • dancer92136

    I would get my child out of there, and fast.