Douglas Kennedy Trial: Nurse Says She Was Kicked

The youngest son of Robert Kennedy is on trial for a run-in with maternity ward nurses.
3:00 | 10/24/12

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What a wake-up call. Now, the trial for robert kennedy's youngest son. Douglas kennedy was arrested after a run-in with nurses after he tried to take his newborn out of the hospital. John muller is covering the trial for us. Reporter: The first day of testimony, dominated by four nurses, including the nurse at the center of it, who claims kennedy kicked her to the ground. She maintains she was looking out for the baby. Kennedy's lawyers suggested she's looking out for herself. This morning, the trial of douglas kennedy comes down to two different interpretations of what this grainy surveillance video shows. Kennedy, the son of the late robert f. Kennedy is on trial for child endangerment and harassment. Accused of kicking a nurse, as she and others tried to prevent him from taking his 2-day-old son out of the hospital in january. Marian williams, one of the nurses that testified tuesday, testified that she and her fellow nurses were doing their job. We do no harm. We will protect them. That's exactly what we were doing. Reporter: Defense attorneys say there was no need to protect kennedy's new child. He just wanted to take the infant out for fresh air. And this video, showing the nurse, carly luciano falling back to the floor, was an act of a father instinctively protecting his child. But the nurse told the judge tuesday that kennedy kicked her violently. With a lot of force, he kicked me on the left side of my pelvis, she testified. What was your intent when you reached for the baby, kennedy's lawyer asked. To protect him. To steady him. Nurse anna lane seen here holding the elevator button testified that kennedy told her, quote, come on. Are you kidding me? The nurses portrayed kennedy as a man who simply did not want to take no for ananswer. The defense claims they were only concerned for themselveses. We constantly get gifts. And for this to happen. Reporter: Kennedy faces misdemeanor charges of child endangerment and harassment. Prosecutors will call nurses back to the stand today. Kennedy himself may testify possibly as early as today. George? Amy? Thank you very much.

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