Former UnityPoint nurse pleads guilty in NICU abuse case

A former nurse accused of injuring infant patients at Madison, Wis.-based UnityPoint Health-Meriter will plead guilty to 19 counts of felony child abuse, reports ABC affiliate WKOW.

A trial for 43-year-old Christopher Kaphaem was slated to start Oct. 21, according to an earlier WKOW report. However, a lawyer notified the court on Sept. 16 of Mr. Kaphaem's intentions to plead guilty at his next court appearance.

Meriter suspended Mr. Kaphaem in February 2018 after several infants in Meriter's neonatal intensive care unit suffered various unexplained injuries, ranging from bruises to a skull fracture. His license was indefinitely revoked March 19, 2018.

Meriter has since implemented 24/7 video monitoring in its NICU and uses new tools to better track patient trends, a hospital spokesperson told WKOW.

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