Woman Accused Of Deliberately Removing Mask To Cough In Baby's Face
The incident was all caught on CCTV cameras at a yoghurt shop in San Jose, and shows the woman removing her mask before coughing in the direction of the one-year-old boy.
Now, that footage has been released by the San Jose Police Department in the hopes of identifying the woman in the video.
Mireya Mora, who is the mother of the child involved, is convinced that the alleged incident was not an accident, and that the woman deliberately coughed on her child as he sat in his pram.
She said that everything happened too quickly to fully understand and that she has been left in shock afterwards.
Police have now reached out to ask the public if they can identify who the woman was.
The boy's mother told ABC News: "She did it on purpose. It's not like she coughed on accident - 'Oh cough, cough.' No, she purposely coughed on my son's face."
"It happened so quick I was in shock. She got close, she took off her mask, and she coughed three times super hard on my son's face."
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Mora also believes that the incident was racially motivated, and that the woman had become annoyed because they had been forced to stand 'too close together' in the queue at the shop.
She continued: "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."
Mora added that her son had developed a slight fever after the incident, but he was recovering and that she was hopeful that he had not contracted coronavirus.
She added: "If he were to get sick... I can't even imagine,"
The woman, who is believed to be in her 60s, is being sought for questioning by the San Jose Police Department.
The woman was wearing a grey bandana, and a white long-sleeved shirt with grey vertical stripes, white trousers and patterned tennis shoes at the time of the alleged incident.
Anyone with any information has been asked to contact Detective Dan Bowman at the SJPD.
Featured Image Credit: San Jose Police Department
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