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article imageGuard uses Taser on man holding newborn

By RobotGod     Aug 14, 2007 in Crime
A hospital security guard fired a stun gun to stop a defiant father from taking home his newborn. Man and child both went crashing to the floor. Now the father says his baby suffers from head trauma.
Yahoo reports that the father said that the April 13 episode began after he and his wife felt mistreated by staff at the Hospital and they decided to leave. Hospital employees told him doctors would not allow it, but Lewis picked up the baby and headed for the elevators.
The elevators did not respond because the wristband sensors on each baby shuts them off if anyone tries to take an infant without permission.
The incident was caught on video and the father claims that the baby landed on her head and suffers ill effects from the incident.(That part can not be seen on the video)
"She shakes a lot and cries a lot," Lewis said, noting doctors have performed several MRIs on the child, Karla. "She's not real responsive. Something is definitely wrong with my daughter."
They are unsure if the baby suffered an electrical jolt or not.
Currently, Child services has custody of the child as there is a history of domestic violence between the mother and father.
The videotape shows 2 security officers approach the father, while the father appears agitated holding his daughter in his arms. After 40 seconds on the scene, the taser is in one of the guard's hands, who then walks around the father and whispers to his partner who moves to the other side of the man.
A minute later, the guard with the taser is standing casually near the father, not even looking in his direction when suddenly he raises the taser and fires on the man still holding his daughter.
The dad drops to the floor and the other guard grabs the baby and gives her to the mom nearby.
"My wife said `we want to leave' and then he just Tasered me," Lewis said. "He caused me to drop the child."
According to the hospital statement, the father was "hostile and uncooperative toward staff members."
"Mr. Lewis became verbally abusive by using vulgar expletives. When Mr. Lewis' behavior became threatening, endangering the infant and employees, licensed law enforcement officers followed their professional standards to protect those involved," the statement said.
The man was arrested and charged with child endangerment. A grand jury in May declined to indict him., but instead charged him with retaliation, accusing him of making threats against the guard.
Lewis also has been charged with a second count of retaliation, which alleges that he made a threatening call to the guard at his home.
He denies both counts and is considering suing the hospital.
This statement seems to sum it all up:
"I've got to wonder what kind of moron would Tase an adult holding a baby," said George Kirkham, a former police officer and criminologist at Florida State University. "It doesn't take rocket science to realize the baby is going to fall."
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