A woman struck a 4-year-old girl in the head with a crowbar at a San Jose Wal-Mart, in what police believe is a hate crime.
Maria Garate, who is suspected to be homeless, entered the store and approached an Asian father and daughter, who were shopping. She hit the girl with a crowbar she hid in a duffel bag and tried to hit her again, but the father stopped her and was hit as well.
The Santa Clara County district attorney’s office has evidence that led it to believe Garate targeted the girl because of her race. The San Jose Police Department charged her with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon, both with a hate crime allegation.
The girl was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Garate allegedly told police she was upset the child did not die.
Garate is being held without bail and is due in court May 23.