Transcript for Douglas Kennedy Baby Scuffle Trial Begins
Douglas Kennedy is in court today for the start of this trial over scuffle with nurse says. Hospital video shows a confrontation he's accused of assaulting two nurses. While trying to -- -- newborn son out of the maternity ward in Westchester. Eyewitness News reporter Marcy Gonzales is live outside the court and -- -- -- Marcy. -- opening statements are now over the first witnesses taking the stand right now on this first day of this trial. Douglas Kennedy is facing misdemeanor charges of harassment and child endangerment the youngest son of the late Robert F Kennedy. Says he was simply trying to take his two day old son. Out of northern Westchester medical center in January for some fresh hair when the drama unfolded. The prosecution submitted this surveillance video as evidence that they claim shows a scuffle that left two nurses injured. After hospital staff told Kennedy he could not take his child off of the maternity floor. Kennedy is accused of twisting -- -- wrist as he tried to open a door to leave and kicking another nurse in the abdomen so hard that she felt the floor. The Kennedy claims in opening statements that he was simply acting instinctively. To keep the nurses from grabbing the baby away from him. I'm feeling ready for this historic -- thank you very much and hopefully. Everything has. And in opening statements Kennedy's defense one is -- to call the nurses were making the accusations. Liars.
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