A woman has been accused of deliberately coughing in a baby’s face at a Yogurtland in San Jose, California.
Per a Tuesday press release from the San Jose Police Department, on June 12 shortly after 5:25 p.m., surveillance video shows the female suspect in line while the victim, a 1-year-old boy in a stroller, and her mother were behind.
According to authorities, “the preliminary investigation revealed the suspect was upset the female was not maintaining proper social distancing.”
Then, “the suspect removed her face mask, got close to the baby’s face, and coughed 2-3 times. The suspect left the scene and has not been identified or apprehended.”
The boy’s mother, Mireya Mora, told ABC7 on Monday that the alleged attack on her son “happened so quick” leaving her “in shock.”
“She got close, she took off her mask, and she coughed three times super hard on my son’s face,” Mora told the outlet, adding, “Coughing on someone’s face. She did it on purpose. It’s not like she did it on accident, ‘Oh, cough, cough.’ No, she purposely coughed on my son’s face.”
Mora, who is Hispanic, also believes the suspect’s alleged actions were racially motivated.
“I believe this woman may be racist because the family in front of her is white. 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,” she said.
Despite the scary incident, the 1-year-old boy is doing well and has not tested positive for coronavirus.
Police have described the suspect 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.”
If you have any information about the case, please contact Detective Dan Bowman of the San Jose Police Department’s Assaults Unit at 408-277-4161.