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Nurse drops newborn at hospital, fracturing his skull

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UNIONTOWN, Pa.— Authorities in Pennsylvania say a nurse has dropped a newborn boy at a hospital, fracturing his skull. The baby’s mother says a doctor told her the nurse was “drowsy.”

The hospital and Uniontown police say the 30-year veteran nurse at Uniontown Hospital was holding the baby at about 6 a.m. Tuesday when he fell from her grasp.

Mother Jacqueline Hunt tells WPXI-TV that a pediatrician told her the nurse was feeding and burping her 1-day-old son “and she was drowsy and fell asleep and dropped him.”

She says that if the nurse was tired, she should have known professionally not to pick him up.

Hall says he has a skull fracture but is expected to recover.

The hospital says, “We are sorry that such a wonderful event has been overshadowed by an unfortunate situation.”

Police are investigating but say they don’t believe criminal conduct was involved.