Dramatic video has emerged in the trial of a Cincinnati man on assault and kidnapping charges. On the surveillance cam footage, 27-year-old mother of four Jessica Wilson can be seen exiting a car with her 2-year-old daughter in her arms and trying to run to safety, at one point attempting to hand her off through a McDonald’s Drive-Thru window.
"Hand the child to me,” the employee said, according to prosecutors, as reported in USA Today. But it was all for naught. Within seconds, the child’s father, 27-year-old Levenski Crossty, grabbed the toddler and drove off, leaving his battered sometime-girlfriend behind.
Described by Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Broo as a “a night of sheer terror,” Crossty allegedly pushed in an air conditioner to break into the house where Wilson was staying with her four children. Prosecutors say he was enraged by suspicions that she was cheating on him, and allegedly beat her, demanding to know the password to her smartphone, so he could check her text messages. "He was ranting and raging," she said at his trial. "He kept hitting me, wouldn't stop." Wilson claims the beating continued in the car, as he drove them to McDonald’s to get food. Wilson was left badly beaten from the incident, including two black eyes, a cut on her head, and a bite mark from when she tried to get away.
Crossty is being tried for felonious assault, theft and multiple counts of abduction and kidnapping. According to the New York Daily News, his attorney Stephan Madden claims this was a "misdemeanor domestic incident," in which his client was trying to protect the children from Wilson, who he claims was intoxicated at the time. To prove his point, he says after leaving her at the McDonald's, Crossty later dropped all four children off safely at Wilson’s father's home.