A court has been shown CCTV video of the moment a US woman tried to flee an alleged abuser and hand her two-year-old daughter to a McDonald’s employee.
The video was played yesterday as part of a trial against the child’s father, Leveski Crossty, 27, the Cincinatti Enquirer reports.
It shows Cincinnati mother Jessica Wilson rushing from a car towards the window of a McDonald’s drive-through while carrying her two year-old daughter in July last year.
Ms Wilson is seen attempting to hand her daughter to the employee at the counter when Mr Crossty takes the child away and returns to the car – where Ms Wilson’s three other children are waiting – before driving away.
It is alleged that earlier Mr Crossty had broken into Ms Wilson’s home, where she lived with her four children, before assaulting her repeatedly in what Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Broo called “a night of sheer terror”.
The alleged attack was sparked over claims Ms Wilson had been unfaithful to Mr Crossty. It left her with bruises, black eyes, bite marks and cuts.
Mr Crossty has since been charged with felonious assault, theft, abduction and kidnapping.
Mr Crossty’s attorney Stephan Madden has dismissed his client’s actions as a misdemeanour domestic incident, insisting Mr Crossty drove away with Ms Wilson’s children in order to protect them, insisting their mother was intoxicated at the time.
Mr Crossty reportedly called Ms Wilson in the weeks leading up to the trial, attempting to persuade her to hide so as to avoid being served a subpoena.