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Disturbing images show Navy hospital staffers mishandling infant, calling babies ‘mini Satans’

The Washington Post logoThe Washington Post 9/20/2017 Kristine Phillips

Two medical staffers at a military hospital in Florida were barred from caring for patients after they were seen in disturbing images mishandling a newborn, making obscene gestures and calling babies “mini Satans.”

One video shows a female staffer in gloves and medical scrubs holding the infant by the armpit, moving the arms and body as music played in the background. One photo shows a staffer flipping a middle finger at the infant. Its caption reads: “How I currently feel about these mini Satans.”

It’s unclear from the images if the female employee in the video is the same person flipping her middle finger in the photo. ABC affiliate WFTS reported that the photo is an image from a Snapchat account belonging to one of the employees. The post also said that the “navy nurse” and her friend held up the baby and made it dance to rap music, according to WFTS.

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In a statement Monday night, Naval Hospital Jacksonville said the images were “unacceptable, incredibly unprofessional, and cannot be tolerated.” The infant’s parents have been notified, it said.

Capt. Brenda Malone, spokeswoman for the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, which oversees several hospitals around the country, said the employees are corpsmen or medical officers for the Navy, not nurses. Malone said they are still assigned at the Jacksonville, Fla., hospital but are no longer providing direct patient care.

Malone said the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which looks into felony offenses affecting the Navy and Marine Corps, is investigating.

“Once investigation is complete, appropriate action will be taken,” Malone said.

The Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., has 18 medical centers and hospitals in Washington, California, Florida, Virginia, the Carolinas and Guam. It also has locations in Italy, Japan, Spain and Cuba.


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