San Jose woman beats 4yo child & father in alleged anti-Asian hate crime

Maria Garate, 20, has been arrested in San Jose has been charged with attempted murder and assault in an attack prosecutors say was motivated by anti-Asian hate. (Photo credit: San Jose Police Department)
Maria Garate, 20, has been charged with attempted murder and assault in an attack prosecutors say was motivated by anti-Asian hate. (Photo credit: San Jose Police Department)

Caught this in my news alerts this morning: Tuesday morning, a 4-year-old girl and her father were shopping along with the girl’s mother at a San Jose-area Walmart when Maria Garate, 20, allegedly approached them and hit the child over the head with a metal object believed to be either a wrench or a tire iron.

The girl’s father intervened when the woman tried to take a second swing at the child, and was hit instead.

Walmart security detained Garate, and she was later arrested and arraigned on Thursday afternoon, charged with one count of attempted murder with a deadly weapon and one count of assault; both charges have hate crime enhancements.

Police say that based on interviews with the suspect that they have evidence to conclude the attack was racially motivated.

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