Parents Charged in Attack of 73-Year-Old Crossing Guard

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

Darrell Livingston and Shareka McKinney hid behind court documents Tuesday morning as soon as our cameras went on. The parents accused of beating up a 73 year-old-crossing guard April 1 are facing two misdemeanor charges each. Those include assault or assault battery of James Thompson and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

That minor is their six year old son, who police say they told to beat up a fellow first-grader he'd gotten into a playground fight with the day before. James Thompson, the crossing guard, tried to break up the fight, and that's when police say the couple attacked him. Attorney Frederick Blackmond is defending the couple.

They both pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Both Livingston and McKinney refused to talk on camera saying coverage of the incident so far has made them look bad. But McKinney did tell me: "Just look at the pictures. The whole story's untrue. We're not the attackers, he is."

They also tell me Thompson had a knife and used it on Livingston. We followed up with the crossing guard on that allegation. He says it's a lie. In enlarged photos of the incident taken by a bystander, it does look like Thompson is holding something. Police could not comment on whether or not it was a knife.

Judge Louise Alderson banned the couple from communicating with Thompson in any way.

"Stay away from 500 feet of his work, school or residence and you don't want to have your friends or family making contact on your behalf," she said.

Each count could land them three months in jail and a 500 dollar fine.

We did contact the Ingham County prosecutor's office about the case,, but they declined to comment.


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  • by Anonymous on Apr 13, 2011 at 11:23 AM
    Stupidity is not a crime. Just a reason for most crimes. If stupidity was a crime, the prison would be full of politicians and union leaders.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 13, 2011 at 01:08 PM in reply to
      I agree with your statement.
  • by RT Location: Lansing on Apr 13, 2011 at 08:53 AM
    These two are human debris!! I hope the judge throws the book at them and the child gets placed in a caring home. I can't say what I REALLY want because WILX would never post it!!
  • by Sans on Apr 13, 2011 at 06:05 AM
    I saw the vidio, the media does not make them look bad, they did this to themselves. The 73 year old security guard just ran up to them and beat them up? Is this what they want us to believe. They are not only violent but stupid! No one with half a brain and seeing the vidio would think they were inocent.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 13, 2011 at 06:02 AM
    i would have hid my face also (Tv10 news last night) how can these people even show their faces to their kids, family or friends? They deserve what ever they get.
  • by Blake Davis on Apr 13, 2011 at 03:47 AM
    The news media has made them look bad??? They are bad...Telling their son to go get the kid and fight him? They are disgusting people that act like pack animals! Even IF 1/2 of what they say is true, then only ONE parent needed to intervene!
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      by Michell on Apr 14, 2011 at 01:49 PM in reply to Blake Davis
      i agree with most all of you, these two people are animals, why would they teach their son to go and fight. This is what is wrong with families today. How tragic for the little boy.
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