SAN JOSE, Calif. (PIX11) — A woman faces charges, including hate crime allegations, after allegedly striking a 4-year-old girl in the head at a Walmart in San Jose, police said Thursday.
The woman, identified as transient Maria Garate, was booked into the Santa Clara County jail without incident after Tuesday’s attack, said an official with the San Jose Police Department.
Garate faces charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Both charges carry a hate crime allegation. Evidence suggests Garate targeted the family because they are Asian, the district attorney’s office said.
Garate did not enter a plea at a court appearance Thursday, said Sean Webby, a spokesman for the Santa Clara County district attorney’s office.
The girl and her father were shopping at the store when Garate entered, approached the family and hit the girl, sitting in the shopping cart, with a crowbar, police said. The father intervened when Garate tried to swing it again, taking the blow to protect his daughter.
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