MADISON — A defense attorney
says a former Wisconsin nurse is prepared to plead guilty
to hurting infants in a Madison hospital's intensive care
Christopher Kaphaem faces 19 felony child abuse counts
involving nine infants.
WKOW-TV reports Kaphaem's
attorney, Jonas Bednarek, notified the court of the plea
in a letter Monday.
Bednarek wrote that his
client "is prepared to accept responsibility and
enter pleas of guilty."
According to the complaint,
police began investigating reports of injuries to infants
in UnityPoint Health-Meriter Hospital's infant intensive
care unit in February 2018. Hospital staff had documented
injuries to nine infants, including bruising, broken ribs,
broken legs and a fractured skull.
Meriter suspended Kaphaem
on Feb. 8, 2018, and state regulators later suspended his
license. His attorney did not immediately return requests
for comment Monday.