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Former Madison nurse sentenced to 13 years for injuring infants in his care

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MADISON (WKOW) — A former nurse accused of abusing infants in a Madison hospital neo-natal intensive care unit was sentenced today to 13 years in prison.

Christopher M. Kaphaem, 44, pleaded guilty in September on 19 felony charges.

Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky sentenced Kaphaem to 13 years in prison followed by seven years of extended supervision on one count of child abuse - intentionally causing great bodily harm.

On the other 18 counts, Karofsky sentenced Kaphaem to three years in prison, followed by three years of extended supervision. That sentence will run concurrent to the other sentence.

Kaphaem was suspended from UnityPoint Health - Meriter Hospital when authorities first suspected his involvement with patient injuries.

A criminal complaint describes a variety of injuries to infants in Meriter’s NICU between March 2017 and February, including a child identified as Infant 1. “Fracture to his skull, a wrist fracture, and a left humerus fracture,” the complaint against Kaphaem states.

Kaphaem had been a nurse at Meriter for fourteen years. He previously worked at UW Hospital. A source with knowledge of his employment says he was fired.

WQOW Staff

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