SAN JOSE, Calif. — A woman is facing multiple charges after striking a 4-year-old girl in the head with a crowbar. Evidence suggests she targeted the girl because she was Asian.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Maria Delcarman Garate, 20, entered a Walmart on Tuesday with a crowbar hidden in a duffel bag and approached the 4-year-old girl and her father.
Garate struck the girl in the head. When Garate swung a second time, the father intervened and took the blow for his daughter.
The 4-year-old was transported to a local hospital with what were described as non-life threatening injuries.
Garate was arrested and faces charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Both charges carry a hate crime allegation.
KTVU reported that when police took Garate into custody, she allegedly told investigators she was upset that the child did not die.
Garate could face up to life in prison.