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RFK’s Son Arrested Over Clash With Maternity Nurses

Photodisc/Thinkstock(MOUNT KISCO, N.Y.) -- Douglas Kennedy, the son of Robert F. Kennedy, was arrested on misdemeanor charges of child endangerment and harassment relating to a Jan. 7 scuffle in the maternity unit of Northern Westchester Hospital.

Two nurses allege Kennedy twisted one’s wrist and kicked the other while they tried to prevent him from taking his 2-day old son outside.

“These charges are absurd,” Kennedy and his wife, Molly, said in a statement. “It is sickening to think that our simple desire to take our son outside for fresh air has been warped into a charge of child endangerment.”

Kennedy was accompanied by a family friend, Dr. Timothy Haydock, who was also an on-duty doctor at the hospital, during the Jan. 7 skirmish.

“I witnessed the incident and I can state unequivocally that the nurses were the only aggressors,” Haydock said.

The two men stopped by the nurses’ station with Kennedy’s newborn son, who was bundled in blankets and wearing a hat, before heading toward the elevators, where the incident was captured on surveillance video.

“Everything was calm and civil. He didn’t run out with the baby,”  Kennedy’s attorney, Robert Gottlieb told

Gottlieb said a nurse came onto the scene “acting aggressively” and “yelling.” She prevented Kennedy from using the elevator, so he headed toward the stairs and tried to open the door while holding his baby.

“Another other nurse now lunges to grab the child from his arms. Douglas lifts his knee and pushes her away, only to protect his newborn son and to prevent her from grabbing the child from him,” Gottlieb said.

After other personnel arrived, Kennedy returned the baby to his room.

Gottlieb said his client received a letter from a lawyer on Jan. 23.

“It’s clear what this is all about. They’re looking to cash in,” he said.  “Now we’ll deal with the criminal charges.”

Kennedy was arrested Thursday by Mount Kisco, N.Y., police.

A message left for Northern Westchester Hospital and the nurses’ lawyer was not returned.

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Kennedy Considers Running for Barney Frank’s Seat

Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A member of the Kennedy family may be making a bid for Congress once again.

A person close to Joseph P. Kennedy III has confirmed to ABC News that the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy is considering running for the seat to be vacated by Rep. Barney Frank.

At only 31, Kennedy would be the first of his Kennedy generation to seek political office. His father, Joseph P. Kennedy II, served in Congress from 1987 to 1999.

Kennedy, a prosecutor in Massachusetts’s Middlesex County, decided to explore the possibility of running for the fourth district seat when Frank announced in late November that he wouldn’t seek reelection, the person said.

“He is pretty close to making a decision,” the person said.

In a statement later on Thursday, Kennedy announced that he will leave his post at the district attorney’s office within two weeks and then begin talking with people in the state’s fourth district.

“I will make a final decision about entering the race in the weeks thereafter,” he said.

Kennedy has already asked “key folks” in Frank’s district and more prominent figures in Massachusetts for their advice, the source said, without naming the people with which Kennedy has spoken.

Frank, one of the more liberal members of Congress, decided not to run as his district became more Republican and as approval ratings for President Obama continue to dive. Rhode Island Public Radio first reported that Kennedy has been lining up fundraisers as part of a potential bid for Congress.

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