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Police: Nurse Impersonator Assaulted Child At Hospital In Philadelphia

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Ashley Delvalle (credit: Philadelphia Police Department)

Ashley Delvalle (credit: Philadelphia Police Department)

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia Police say a 24-year-old woman has been charged after posing as a nurse and assaulting a child at Saint Christopher’s Hospital for Children on Tuesday.

Ashley Delvalle, of Philadelphia, was arrested and charged with Simple Assault, Indecent Assault and related offenses.

Police say they responded to St. Christopher’s and were told that Delvalle went into several patients’ rooms telling the parents that she was a nurse, and she would be performing physical examinations.

According to authorities, Delvalle allegedly proceeded to physically touch one child inappropriately and took the weight of another child.

Police determined that Delvalle was at the hospital with her child.

Authorities say Delvalle does not hold the required license from the Pennsylvania Board to perform the duties of either a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or a Registered (RN) Nurse.

Saint Christopher’s Hospital for Children issued the following statement Thursday:

“When we were informed by the patient’s mother of the alleged assault, we immediately notified the Philadelphia Police Department and Philadelphia Department of Human Services.  We are continuing to cooperate fully with the police investigation.  The safety of our patients at St. Christopher’s is our top priority and we are firmly committed to providing a secure environment for both patients and staff.”

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