The baby’s mother believes the incident was related to race.
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Police are looking for a woman who deliberately coughed a baby in a stroller at a restaurant after a verbal altercation with the boy’s mother.
The incident occurred on the afternoon of June 12 at approximately 5:25 pm at a Yogurtland store in San Jose, California, when the suspect, a woman described as a white woman in her 60s, was standing in the front row a mother and her 1-year-old son, who was in a stroller, when he allegedly became upset with the mother for not maintaining adequate social distance.
“The preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect was upset that the woman was not maintaining adequate social distancing, so the suspect removed his mask, approached the baby’s face and coughed 2-3 times,” said Sgt. Enrique García in a press release from the San José Police Department.
The mother involved alleges that the incident was related to race.
“I think this woman may be racist because the family in front of her is white. My grandmother and I are Hispanic and she began to tell me about my distance and to harass me and my son once I started to speak Spanish with my grandmother,” Mireya Mora said. , the mother of the 1-year-old boy who coughed, told the ABC News KGO station in San Francisco.
Mora said her son had a mild fever after the coughing incident but that he is fine and that he hopes he will not get coronavirus.
“If she got sick, I just can’t imagine it,” said Mora.
The San José Police Department is asking the public for help identifying the suspicious woman involved in the case.
Authorities have described the suspect as a white woman in her 60s, medium build, wearing a gray scarf, glasses, long-sleeved shirt with gray vertical lines, white dress pants, and patterned tennis shoes.
Mora said, “Coughing into someone’s face. She did it on purpose, it’s not like she accidentally did it, oh cough, cough, no, she coughed on my son’s face on purpose … It happened so fast that I was surprised. He came over, took off his mask and coughed three times very hard on my son’s face. ”
But, as of now, the suspect remains unidentified and on the run and anyone with information is asked to contact the Assault Unit of the San José Police Department.