Christopher Kaphaem, 43, a former nurse, is accused of injuring a number of children being born in a Wisconsin hospital is charged with child abuse.
(Dane County Sheriff’s Office)
Prosecutors accused a former nurse Thursday with the abuse of several children in Wisconsin a hospital intensive care unit, accusing him of bruising them and breaking their bones.
Christopher Kaphaem, 43, faces 19 felony child abuse counts, involving nine children. All but one of the counts carries a maximum prison sentence of six years in prison.
The 19th count, intentional abuse of children, what serious bodily injury, carries a maximum of 25 years behind bars.
The hospital staff had documented an array of injuries to nine children, including bruises, broken ribs, broken legs and a fractured skull.
The police began the investigation of reports of injuries to children in UnityPoint Health-Meriter Hospital the baby intensive care unit in February, according to the indictment. The hospital is in Madison, the capital of the state.
Kaphaem inflicted injury between March 2017 and February of this year, according to the complaint.
The researchers interviewed another nurse who cared for one of the infants Kaphaem reportedly injured, Madison WMTV-TV reported.
“(N)ever in my 32 years working in the NICU I have ever had anything like that, ” the nurse said, to the station.
“(N)ever in my 32 years working in the NICU, I have ever something like that.”
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Kaphaem the lawyer not immediately return a message Thursday.
Researchers entered on Kaphaem, who worked in the night shift in the unit, after the other nurses told them that he cared for the babies.
She said Kaphaem often closed the door to the baby room when he checked on them, ignored alarms, never asking for help and once said that he was happy to work with babies, because he is not to go with patients to talk back to him.
The complaint does not indicate whether the investigators ever spoke with Kaphaem or discuss a possible motive.
Meriter suspended Kaphaem on Feb. 8, and state regulators suspended his license on March 19.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services inspected the hospital in February, the day after the suspended Kaphaem and gave a scathing report saying the facility is not doing enough to prevent the injuries.
The error was so serious it constituted a direct threat to the health of the patient safety and the hospital’s Medicare agreement may be terminated if the issue is not resolved, the report said.
The hospital released a statement saying the facility remains “devastated by what has happened.”
“We are deeply saddened by these recent events, we are determined to learn from them, regain your confidence and serve our patients for generations to come,” the statement said.
The statement also provides a summary of the improvements, including the direct removal of Kaphaem of his task, in cooperation with the government, the installation of around-the-clock-surveillance-camera’s on the baby intensive care unit rooms and set up a hotline for anyone with concerns about the care in the unit.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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