Police: Nurse May Have Given Mother’s Painkiller To Newborn By Mistake

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (August 13, 2013)--Police were investigating allegations Tuesday that a nurse in State College, Pa., mistakenly gave a newborn pain medication that was meant for the baby's mother.

The accidental dosing occurred in July at the Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Neither the nurse nor the mother was identified.

Police say the baby's father told them that the nurse came by the day after the baby was born to give a painkiller to his wife, who had a cesarean section, but allegedly put the medicine in the wrong IV.

Police say the infant immediately tensed up.

The baby was treated at Geisinger Medical Center and has recovered.

Search warrants indicate police are considering endangerment charges against the nurse.

A Mount Nittany spokeswoman says the hospital is cooperating with the investigation and reviewing procedures to prevent similar errors in the future.

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