BALTIMORE (WJZ?AP) — A pair of navy hospital workers in Florida have reportedly been removed from their posts after a disturbing Facebook post showed them holding newborn babies like puppets and giving infants the middle finger.
The shocking behavior was reportedly posted by on Snapchat by Allyson Thompson, a corpsman at Naval Hospital Jacksonville.
Thompson has allegedly posted several pictures and videos on Snapchat showing herself using the newborns as puppets as she dances to music. Thompson also posted a picture of what is believed to be her giving a baby the middle finger and writing, “How I currently feel about these mini Satans.”
The posts were shared thousands of times and immediately drew the outrage of many, including military families.
“We are suppose to trust care systems…..had it been my child they did this to loosing [sic] their license would have been the last thing they needed to worry about!!!!!!!!!!,” one person wrote.
Other Snapchat users reportedly outed Thompson and another corpsman, Joanie Barrett, as the two junior enlisted corpsmen who carried out the shocking acts.
Naval Hospital Jacksonville moved quickly to remove the two from their positions within the facility on Sept. 18. The hospital added in a Facebook post that Thompson and Barrett may also face both legal and military charges for their actions.
Jeanne Casey, spokeswoman for the Naval Hospital Jacksonville, said in a statement released late Monday said the incident is “outrageous, incredibly unprofessional, and cannot be tolerated.” Casey also said Tuesday that the hospital was in the process of notifying the parents of the babies.
Correction: We initially identified the employees in this article as naval nurses. They are junior enlisted corpsmen, not nurses.
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