Published February 19, 2013
An African-American nurse claims that a Michigan hospital agreed to a man's request that no black nurses care for his newborn.
Tonya Battle, 49, who is African American, said officials at Hurley Medical Center in Flint fulfilled a father's request last October that only white nurses take care of his white child.
According to Battle's lawsuit, filed last month in Genesee Circuit Court, the nurse found a note prominently posted on the patient's file that read: "No African-American nurse to take care of baby."
Documents uncovered by WNEM-TV show Battle was caring for a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit in October when the baby's father asked to speak with a supervisor. The lawsuit states he told the nurse in charge that he didn't want any African Americans taking care of his baby, then he pulled up a sleeve showing a tattoo believed to be a Swastika.
The lawsuit states the baby was re-assigned to another nurse, Fox affiliate WJBK-TV reported.
In a statement Monday, Hurley said it "does not comment on past or current litigation."
Battle wants punitive damages.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.