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UPDATE: One employee suspended from Meriter as police investigate injured baby incident

Updated: 12:30 p.m. on February 14, 2018

MADISON, Wis. (WISC) -- One person has been suspended in connection with the investigation into unexplained injuries to at least one baby in a Madison hospital's newborn intensive care unit, an official said.

Meriter Hospital spokeswoman Leah Huibregtse said Wednesday that one employee was suspended as the investigation is ongoing.

Hospital employees contacted the police department last week.

Parents who recently had a baby inside the Meriter Newborn Intensive Care Unit told WISC, the CBS affiliate in Madison, they are concerned for their child's safety and want their baby to have an exam.

"We are updating families but cannot provide any further details on those conversations," Huibregtse said.

In a statement Tuesday, hospital officials told WISC they are "heartbroken to recently learn of patient safety concerns regarding some of our youngest patients."

Meriter said it has put in place additional monitoring and security measures as it conducts an internal review as well.

No arrests have been made, police said.

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Posted: 5:08 a.m. on February 14, 2018

MADSION, Wis. (WISC) -- The Madison Police Department Special Victims Unit is investigating several unexplained injuries at Meriter Hospital's Newborn Intensive Care Unit.

Hospital authorities contacted the Madison Police Department last week, and detectives are investigating the case.

Parents with children who recently had a baby inside the Meriter Newborn Intensive Care Unit told WISC they are concerned for their child's safety and want their baby to have an exam.

So far no arrests have been made in relation to the investigation.

Officials with the hospital say they are "heartbroken to recently learn of patient safety concerns regarding some of our youngest patients."

In a statement, officials with the hospital said they had notified law enforcement and local authorities about the concerns and are actively cooperating with the ongoing investigations. The statement read in part:

"As the police investigation continues, we continue our own internal review and have implemented supplemental monitoring and security measures to enhance supervision in our Newborn Intensive Care Unit until the investigation is complete."

Hospital officials also said they are informing families involved in the investigation.

This is an open and ongoing investigation. The Madison Police Department is not releasing any other information at this time.


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