Hospital: Nurse who dropped newborn disciplined, not fired

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Posted: Jul 07, 2015 9:14 AM

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A spokesman for a Pennsylvania hospital says a veteran nurse who accidentally dropped a newborn baby, fracturing his skull, will be disciplined but not fired.

Uniontown Hospital spokesman Josh Krysak says the hospital isn't releasing the name of the nurse or saying how she's being punished because it's a confidential personnel matter.

Krysak says the hospital's internal review determined the nurse dropped the baby June 30 on accident. The 32-year veteran nurse was in a chair feeding and burping the 1-day-old baby when he slipped from her grasp.

Baby Eli Murdock was later diagnosed with a skull fracture at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Eli's mother, Jacqueline Hunt, tells WPXI-TV the baby is gaining weight but remains in intensive care.