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A nurse is facing charges after a father in a hospital caught her on a cellphone video recording slamming his newborn baby face down in a bassinet.
29-year-old Amanda Burke was fired within hours of the parents reporting the incident to the Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffolk County in New York.
The video only captures a sliver of the actions of the nurse through a nursery window at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit from February 6.
It appears to show Burke allegedly flip the baby over and then slam the child down on its face.
The father, Fidel Sinclair, said he just happened to be recording his 2-day-old baby at the time.
"I don’t know, it just broke me," Sinclair said. "I didn’t know what to do."
Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond Tierney later announced that Burke had been charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
Tierney described the charges as "truly disturbing."
Her attorney, Robert Gottlieb, said that the charges are not "justified by the facts" of the case.
"The infant in this case is healthy and was never injured. Amanda is an exceptional nurse who has always cared for infants under her care with love and compassion, and the evidence will prove that without any doubt," said Gottlieb.
The baby, whose name is Nikko, went home and is said to be doing well.
The district attorney said that the Department of Education was notified, but Burke's license as a registered nurse had not yet been suspended.
Sinclair said he felt as if God had put him in place at just the right time to capture the incident.
Burke is scheduled in court to be arraigned on May 2.
Here's a local news report about the incident:
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Carlos Garcia is a staff writer for Blaze News.