The Naval Hospital Jacksonville in Florida has removed employees after disturbing photos they took of newborns there went viral on social media, according to First Coast News.
First Coast on Tuesday reported that a photo from a Snapchat account showed an employee giving the middle finger to a newborn.
The photo boasted a caption reading “How I currently feel about these mini Satans” and has since been widely shared on the internet.
The Snapchat post also read the “navy nurse” and her friend had made a baby dance to rap music.
The public affairs officer at the Naval Hospital Jacksonville on Monday said that the installation had removed those involved in the post.
“We are aware of a video/photo posted online,” Jeanne Casey said in a statement. “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.”
Some Twitter users on Tuesday voiced outrage over the photos and videos of the newborns as they encountered them on social media.
USMC Life on Monday reported that corpsman Allyson Thompson had been posting pictures of newborn babies and making videos while controlling the infants’ limbs to music.
The publication named corpsman Joanie Barrett as the other participant, adding that the video that was originally uploaded to Snapchat has since been removed.
USMC Life reported that the Snapchat profile of the corpsman accused of participating in the acts has been deactivated, but it did not specify who the handle belonged to.
The publication noted that a military spouse who discovered the images and videos social media first reported them to the Naval Hospital Jacksonville.