Jacksonville, FL – The Navy and USMC community near Jacksonville Florida is in an uproar after pictures and videos of a Navy Corpsman using newborn babies as dancing puppets were leaked on the Internet.
Allyson Thompson, a Navy Corpsman with Naval Hospital Jacksonville has posted numerous pictures and videos on the popular app Snapchat, of newborn babies under her care acting as dancing puppets with Rap music playing in the background. In one of the pictures she’s seen flipping them the middle finger with the caption: “this is how I feel about these little Satans.”
A military spouse discovered those pictures and videos while on Snapchat and alerted the hospital to their existence. She provided an update yesterday evening by posting on her Facebook page:
“After me and my mom tried getting someone on the phone for like an hour, she finally got someone who was over her and it’s been reported.. all screenshots and video was sent to her phone via text and she has talked to her CO and they’re taking the next steps of investigating it and she is being punished.”
The pictures and videos were allegedly taken by another Corpsman, Joanie Barrett and have since been removed along with the account used to publish them.
After the Naval Hospital Jacksonville command became aware they issued a brief statement:
“Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s Commanding Officer sends: We are aware of a video / photo posted online. It’s outrageous, unacceptable, incredibly unprofessional, and cannot be tolerated. We have identified the staff members involved. 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.”
Posting pictures from within medical treatment facilities is a clear violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and can result in both administrative and criminal charges, stemming from the mishandling of the newborns.