POLICE: Woman attacks 4-year-old with crowbar at Wal-Mart

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SAN JOSE, Calif – Police arrested a woman Tuesday after they said she hit a 4-year-old girl in the head with a crowbar possibly because she is Asian reported the LA Times.

The woman, identified by authorities as Maria Garate, is a transient who lives in the San Jose area.

Police said the little girl and her father were shopping at Wal-Mart when Garate approached the family and hit the girl, who was sitting in a shopping cart, with the crowbar. The father was able to quickly stop the Garate as she tried to swing again said investigators.

Garate made a court appearance Thursday, but did not enter a plea.

Prosecutors said evidence suggests Garate targeted the family because they are Asian.

The little girl was taken to the hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

KTVU-TV reported that when police took Garate into custody she allegedly told them she was upset that the child did not die.

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  • Scott M

    Anyone that would hit a child in this manner does not deserve to live.

    Had that been my daughter attacked like that, I would be going to jail myself; for murdering her attacker.

  • angeldove

    Another case of a mentally ill person on the streets because there is no funding. There are so many people out there that need help that it is getting downright scary! Thank you to our lovely government that won't provide funding for our veterans, the mentally ill people and the homeless! You should have a special place in hell!

    • AngelBaby123456

      You're totally right, HOWEVER it doesn't excuse the fact that she beat a child, probably causing permanent damage and pain. That child deserves justice at the very least. Shame on US for allowing criminals like this to run free because they are homeless.

  • adele

    omg i agree with all these coments i would be in jail still trying to get the bitch if i didnt kill her what the hell is wrong with people these days

    • AngelBaby123456

      that's just what would happn in jail, so throw her there and toss away the key! prisoners HATE child abusers and would let her have it , especially women prisoners!

  • Superstud

    Can’t believe this, instead of court/prison bury her up to her neck, next to fire ants and pour honey and sugar on her head!.

  • New Daddy

    The truth is it’s not the government’s fault this happened; it’s not something that could have been prevented via policy or law; expecting the government to take ownership for, and to prevent things like this is irresponsible of any parent. I’d be absolutely hostile if my child was attacked like that, but I’d also be much more aware when I bring my child to public places. I exercise my freedom to carry arms, and if more people did as common practice, something like this may have resulted in a gun being pulled on a person ABOUT to attack a child. Bottom line is this is terrible, and the safety of a child is ultimately up to the parent; any part of the responsibilities the parent passes along to the government, is doing the child a huge disservice and increasing the chances of something like this happening again. I’m not blaming the parent, I’m not blaming the government, I’m not blaming circumstances; I am blaming the person who did it, and anyone around that person who may have known this was a possibility.