Robert F. Kennedy Jr. announced from a federal detention center in Puerto Rico that his wife gave birth to his sixth child while he was serving a 30-day sentence for trespassing during protests on Vieques island.
In a statement released Monday, Kennedy said his wife, Mary Richardson, had stayed in contact with him from the hospital where she gave birth.
The baby boy was born Friday in a New York City suburb, according to Kennedy's staff at the Waterkeeper Alliance environmental group in White Plains, N.Y. Kennedy said the baby weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces.
Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio, who met with Kennedy on Saturday, said Kennedy told her of the child's birth. "He said his wife was very happy and he wished he'd had a chance to be there," Tubbs Jones said.
In jest, Kennedy said the name "Vieques Libre (Free) Kennedy" had been considered. The statement said he and his wife had not yet settled on a name.