Two Navy nurses have come under fire after a Snapchat went viral, depicting the women controlling newborn babies to make them dance and making obscene gestures toward them.
Florida's Naval Jacksonville Hospital announced it had "removed" several employees after images and videos surfaced of nurses inappropriately handling newborn babies and making obscene gestures, reports the Miami Herald.
The nurses posted videos and pictures to their Snapchat accounts that showed the women holding up a newborn and controlling their limbs to make them dance to a rap song. Another image showed a woman sticking up her middle finger to a newborn with the caption, "How I currently feel about these mini Satans," reports WFTS.
The hospital removed the nurses from active patient care and issued a statement denouncing the actions of the employees.
"We are aware of a video/ photo posted online," read the statement, reports KENS. "It's outrageous, unacceptable, incredibly unprofessional, and cannot be tolerated. We have identified the staff members involved."
The statement added: "They have been removed from patient care and they will be handled by the legal system and military justice. We're in the process of notifying the patient's parents."
The images, which were captured and later posted to Facebook, quickly gathered shares on the social media platform as commenters were quick to condemn the women's actions. It appeared the images and videos were posted to Facebook by a concerned recipient of the Snapchats.
"Getting removed from their jobs.. great," commented one. "Let's see if they face charges or if this will be swept under the rug because they're 'young, made a mistake and deeply apologize. I hope ppl keep talking about this until these girls are held accountable."
"What is going on at the Naval Hospital in Jacksonville," asked another. "Not only should these two [disgraceful] 'nurses' be court marshalled, charged with child abuse and stripped of their nursing licenses, but clearly this is a command failure and the entire unit be evaluated to determine how these two people thought something like this can take place in a military hospital."
It was not immediately clear if the nurses had been or will be fired, as the hospital only announced it had removed the women from active care as it investigated the incident.
"Hopefully excuses won't be made for their behavior," commented another Facebook user. "Young or not, they knew what they were doing and thought it was funny to post on social media for kicks."