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California Mom Charged After Allegedly Helping Her Daughter Vandalize a Home With Feces, Swastikas, and the Word 'Jew


"Comedian Jon Lovitz came to his friend's aid by publicizing the anti-Semitic graffiti that was left in her front yard"

(Photo: Jon Lovitz on Twitter)

Back in April, comedian Jon Lovitz came to a friend's aid by publicizing the anti-Semitic graffiti that was left in her front yard.  Multiple swastikas surrounded the word "Jew," feces were reportedly left on the doorstep, and security footage caught part of the incident.

"Some coward & idiot left this on a friend's doorstep, yesterday.  This is an insult to all of us," Lovitz tweeted, attaching the above picture.

The next day, he added:

Lovitz spent days discussing the story on his Twitter feed, writing that "Jews are no longer victims," and that everyone should stand up in such a situation.

He also added that this case was particularly sensitive, since the family's parents were Holocaust survivors.

But now, a little over two months later, the woman in question is being charged with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, two counts of vandalism, two counts of trespassing, and two counts of tampering with a vehicle.

According to the New York Daily News, the woman, Catharine Whelpley, is accused of driving the teens to a "former" friend's home, where the girls smeared human feces on the property and poured syrup on a car.  Whelpley's 14-year-old daughter then allegedly used the syrup to draw swastikas and the word "Jew" near the front door.

However, the City Attorney's Office reportedly told the L.A. Daily News that is is not considered a hate crime, because the materials used (mostly feces and maple syrup), could easily be washed off.

While Lovitz hasn't yet tweeted a response to the news that the woman is being charged, he did re-tweet a story that discussed the case.

Amanda Susskind, the Los Angeles-area director for the Anti-Defamation League, commented: "I'm really kind of impressed with the creativity applied here...Everybody looked at this and thought this was going to fall through the cracks."

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