Police accuse mother of stabbing three hospital employees, removing newborn from ventilator and fleeing

A deranged Florida mother who suffers from schizophrenia was arrested Thursday after she removed her newborn from a hospital ventilator and then stabbed three hospital employees while fleeing the facility.

Mother Kendra Greene, 31, walked into Palms West Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) around 10:30 pm that evening and “violently removed” her newborn’s life-saving devices (breathing device, feeding tube, etc.), the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office said in a statement, according to local news station WPEC.

When one victim working in the NICU tried to stop her, Greene allegedly shoved her and cursed at her before leaving the room and proceeding to run toward an emergency room exit reportedly carrying the newborn in one arm and a large knife in the other.

Another witness tried at this point to speak to her, but she slashed them in the right forearm. A third witness then tried to block the nearest door, but Greene slashed their right hand. A fourth and final witness ‘tried retrieving the stolen baby,” according to WPEC, but Greene slashed them on the side of the neck.

Ultimately, the mother escaped the facility unscathed, after which she reportedly dropped the newborn off with her family and then attempted to flee.

“After crashing her vehicle, Greene fled on foot but was shortly apprehended. … Her first appearance hearing was scheduled for Friday at 10 a.m., and her bond was set at $302,000,” according to WPEC.

She’s since been charged with neglect to a child with great bodily harm, two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, battery, and resisting an officer without violence.


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“We are very thankful that our colleagues are recovering and HCA Florida Palms West Hospital is providing support and care for their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing,” Palms West Hospital said in a statement following her arrest.

“We are also thankful to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, whose quick actions led to the apprehension of the suspect and the safe return of the patient. Our security team is assisting fully with law enforcement’s investigation,” they added.

Following Greene’s arrest, it was learned that she’s schizophrenic.

“A family member shared with detectives that Greene says she is schizophrenic and that her mental health had recently been deteriorating. The [police] report also states Greene had at some point told someone she did not understand why her son was in the NICU and wanted to remove the baby from the hospital, even though doctors told her the baby has under-developed lungs,” as reported by local station WPBF.

According to local mental health counselor Ezsa Allen of Social Age Counseling, her behavior isn’t exactly uncommon for those suffering from the disorder.

“Not talking to her case, but it’s not a far-fetched behavior, if you will, for someone who has schizophrenia, and if you want to couple that with just having a baby, all the hormones and emotions that you’re feeling at that moment can also alter your mood and your thinking and your just reactions to things,” he told WPBF.

“I don’t know what her thought process is, but I can say if she is schizophrenic, then she’s not thinking in reality. And again, medication and her stress level, if she is not on her medication or if she is on medication, all of this plays a factor,” he added.

Unfortunately, schizophrenia is closely linked with crime.

“Schizophrenia spectrum disorders are usually associated with a substantially increased rate of violent crimes, in comparison to the general population,” according to a study published in ScienceDirect eight years ago.

“The risk factors include the same as in the general population, with a social and family background, and also specific risk factors found in schizophrenic patients like delusional and hallucinatory elements which drive patients to perform criminal actions,” the summary continues.

The study goes on to argue that this propensity for criminal behavior is why it’s important to emphasize “the early detection of delusional and hallucinatory symptoms that drive patients to do act of crimes.”

Vivek Saxena

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