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.