Dad arrested in hospital nursery for bringing drugs with him to see newborn child

HUDSON, NY (WNYT) One father came to a hospital in Hudson, New York to see his newborn child, and ended up leaving the hospital in handcuffs on Wednesday.

Hudson Police were called to Columbia Memorial Hospital after hospital staff suspected that 34-year-old James Rivenburg and his wife were on drugs, and proceeded to search and arrest the new father.

“Just under a pound of marijuana and a quantity of heroin and also a few hypodermic needles,” said Detective Jeffrey Keyser when asked what authorities had confiscated.

Rivenburg has been charged with felony possession of marijuana, and two misdemeanors for the needles and heroin.

Police say they found the drugs, three needles and $1,200 in cash in Rivenberg’s backpack.

Now the infant is in the custody of Columbia County Child Protective Services. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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