Calif. Woman Accused of Deliberately Coughing on 1-Year-Old Baby in Frozen Yogurt Shop
Police are asking the public to help them identify the woman, who was caught on camera after a verbal altercation with the baby's mother
Police in San Jose, California, are asking the public to help them find a woman who allegedly coughed on a baby after having a verbal altercation with the baby's mother in a frozen yogurt shop.
According to a press release from the San Jose Police Department, the incident happened on June 12 at a Yogurtland. Shortly after 5:25 pm, surveillance video shows that the suspect and the baby's mother were standing near each other in line.
"The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect was upset the female was not maintaining proper social distancing, so the suspect removed her face mask, got close to the baby’s face, and coughed 2-3 times," the press release reads. "The suspect left the scene and has not been identified or apprehended."
The child's mother, Mireya Mora, says she believed the incident was racially motivated.
"Me and my grandma are Hispanic and she started telling me about my distance and harassing me and my son once I started speaking Spanish to my grandma," Mora told ABC 7 News.
The 1-year-old boy is doing well and has not tested positive for coronavirus.
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According to the press release, the suspect is described as a white female in her 60s, medium build, wearing a gray bandana, glasses, long sleeve shirt with gray vertical lines, white dress pants, and patterned tennis shoes.
Mora tells ABC 7 News that she hopes that the woman is apprehended and charged.
"She did it on purpose," Mora told the station. "It's not like she did it on accident. It happened so quick I was in shock. She got close, she took off her mask, and she coughed three times, super hard, on my son's face. If he were to get sick, it’s just, I can’t even imagine."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Dan Bowman of the San Jose Police Department's Assaults Unit at 408-277-4161.