A 16-year-old girl was arrested outside a Wake County courtroom Wednesday on charged that she hit a 15-year-old girl and a 1-year-old baby the girl was carrying as the older girl tried to frighten the younger one out of testifying in a case, police said.
Destiny Lynett Cross, of 637 Sunnybrook Road, also was sentenced to 14 days in jail after a magistrate found her in contempt of court for shouting vulgarities and storming out of her appearance on charges from the morning incident outside a courtroom in the Wake County Justice Center at 300 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh police said Cross was due to appear in court in connection with her allegedly damaging a car belonging to the 15-year-old’s mother.
Raleigh police officer W.B. Edwards said in an arrest warrant that Edwards saw Cross punch the younger girl “in the face with a closed fist.”
Edwards said Cross also hit the baby boy in the face while punching the 15-year-old.
Cross had been “pacing back and forth in front of the victim, saying she was going to get her along with other threatening words,” Edwards wrote in the arrest warrant.
Details of the case that brought Cross to court were unclear. She turned 16 in early January. Any charges brought before that would be handled as a complaint against a juvenile, and those cases are not public records.
Wednesday, she was charged with intimidating a witness, which is a felony, and with misdemeanor counts of assault and battery and and assault on a child under 12.
The magistrate who jailed Cross for contempt set her bail on the criminal charges at $50,000.
If Cross is released on bail, the magistrate imposed a 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, said she must attend school regularly and is not to be in the Justice Center without a parent.