Terrifying surveillance video shows a desperate mother's attempt to hand her toddler to a McDonald's drive-thru worker as she battles the child's father who allegedly kidnapped and beat her.
Jessica Wilson was seen on surveillance video rushing out of a car holding her two-year-old daughter in the drive-thru of a McDonald's in Cincinnati, Ohio Daily Mail reports.
Wilson tried to escape from the child's father, 27-year-old Levenski Crossty, who immediately got out of the car and tried to pull the child away from Wilson, according to Cincinnati.com.
At one point, Crossty is seen in the video pulling Wilson's arm in what appeared to be an attempt to get her back in the car.
She then makes it over the the drive-thru employee, who reached out for the little girl and told Wilson to "hand the child to me", according to prosecutors.
Once Crossty managed to pull the child away from Wilson, he got back in the car with the child and drove away.
Wilson was left stranded and "desperately asking someone to call 911", prosecutors told the news site.
The incident took place in July 2016 but Crossty's trial began Tuesday.
Before the incident at McDonald's, Crossty broke into Wilson's home where she was staying with her four children, prosecutors said in court.
Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Broo said Crossty climbed in through a window after pushing in an air conditioning unit and confronted Wilson about being unfaithful, according to Cincinnati.com.
She testified that she tried to lock herself in a bathroom, but Crossty forced his way inside.
Crossty allegedly beat Wilson and left her with two black eyes, a cut on her head and a bite mark on her hand.
When Crossty drove away from the McDonald's, all four children were inside the Pontiac Grand Am.
Wilson testified that the beatings continued in the car, as Crossty demanded the passcode to her smartphone, according to the news site. He wanted to see who she had been texting, she said.
"He kept hitting me, wouldn't stop," Wilson said, adding that she told him the passcode.
She said before they got to the McDonald's, they stopped at Crossty's sister's home, and she tried to get away but he bit her.
Wilson said they went to the McDonald's shortly after 8pm when she told him the children needed food.
His attorney, Stephan Madden, called it a misdemeanor domestic incident.
He said Crossty drove away with the children to protect them from Wilson, who he said was intoxicated.
"There is no abduction, there is no kidnapping, there is no theft," he said.
Madden said after he left the McDonald's with the children, Crossty dropped them off at Wilson's father's home.
Crossty is charged with felonious assault, theft and multiple counts of abduction and kidnapping.