17:47 PM

Statement Regarding Former Employee

Cook Children’s is committed to acting responsibly on behalf of our patients, families, visitors and employees. We are appalled, shocked and deeply saddened by the heinous crimes committed by Michael Downs. 

Downs was employed by Cook Children’s from November 1997 until February 2022. Throughout this investigation, we have fully cooperated with law enforcement. We are grateful for their impeccable work ensuring he will not be able to hurt another innocent child. 

We did not find any evidence that Downs was engaged in any wrongdoing or inappropriate behavior with our patients. However, we strongly encourage anyone who may be concerned that their child suffered sexual abuse by Downs or anyone else to immediately contact law enforcement.