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UPDATE: Employee removed as police investigate 'unexplained injuries' at Meriter's NICU

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- A Meriter spokesperson says an employee has been removed at the hospital as an investigation has begun into unexplained injuries at the hospital's newborn intensive care unit.

In addition, the hospital has added additional monitoring and security measures, including more staff on the unit, according to Leah Huibregtse. 

Madison police spokesperson Joel DeSpain tells 27 News the investigation will be lengthy and declined to release any further details at this time. 

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Madison Police Department's Special Victims Unit is investigating several unexplained injuries at Meriter Hospital's newborn intensive care unit.

Hospital authorities contacted the police  last week, and detectives have been fact-finding since that time.

This is an open and ongoing case and no other information is being released at this time.

Meriter released the following statement:

Nurturing and protecting the health of our patients is our highest priority, so we were heartbroken to recently learn of patient safety concerns regarding some of our youngest patients.

We have notified law enforcement and local authorities regarding the matter and are actively cooperating with their ongoing investigations. We are also updating the families involved in this matter.

As the police investigation continues, we continue our own internal review and have implemented supplemental monitoring and security measures to enhance supervision in our Newborn Intensive Care Unit until the investigation is complete. We will continue to cooperate with all appropriate agencies and will do all we can to bring about a swift and appropriate resolution.

Our care team is keenly focused on supporting our patients and their families. Our determination to provide the best and safest care could not be stronger.

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