Two hospital employees have been fired from Naval Hospital Jacksonville after images and video of the staff mistreating newborn patients went viral.
In the clip, the female staffer appears to be jostling the newborn while 50 Cent plays in the background. The employee appears to be smiling and having a good time making the newborn "dance" to the music. One clip was allegedly captioned, "How I currently feel about these mini Satans."
"A girl I went to high school with is a navy nurse and this is how her and her...friend treat the babies that have just been born," the woman who witnessed the incident shared on Facebook. "My blood is literally boiling." The woman added, "I'm livid and I'm snitching [because] she should get fired from her job."
After the post went viral, with thousands of shares and comments, the hospital took to Facebook to denounce the behavior. "It's outrageous, unacceptable, incredibly unprofessional and cannot be tolerated," the hospital wrote in a statement. The hospital shared that the individuals involved have been removed from patient care.
Deputy Public Affairs Officer Jessica Alexander tells CBS News, "It also does not reflect the commitment Navy Medicine has to provide the best care our nation can offer to those who serve as well as their families."
She says that the names of the two junior enlisted staff involved cannot be shared but they are being investigated. "An investigation is underway," Alexander explained. "Once the investigation is complete, appropriate actions will be taken."
The hospital said its nurses were not involved.