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Douglas Kennedy trial starts in New York

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The trial of Douglas Kennedy, who’s charged with harassment and child endangerment in connection with a bizarre episode involving his infant son, started Monday in New York. Kennedy, the 10th of the 11 children of the late Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy, is accused of kicking a maternity ward nurse last January after she tried to stop him from taking his baby out of Northern Westchester Hospital. Kennedy’s attorney claims nurses overreacted abrasively, leading to a scuffle. But, according to the Associated Press, prosecutor Amy Puerto said in court that Kennedy refused to obey the nurses, one of whom was injured when he ‘‘kicked her so hard in the abdomen that she fell to the floor.’’ Kennedy’s wife, Molly, came to court with him on Monday. The couple issued a statement in February that said, ‘‘Our simple desire to take our son outside for fresh air has been warped into a charge of child endangerment.’’

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