Police in Brooklyn, New York, arrested and charged a woman with a hate crime on Friday after she was reportedly seen on surveillance video spitting on, harassing, and yelling anti-Semitic insults at young Jewish children.
What are the details?
Christina Darling, 21, was reportedly caught on a security camera last week approaching an 8-year-old child and his two siblings — ages 7 and 2 — and spitting in his face before fleeing the scene on foot. The alleged hate crime took place in the Marine Park neighborhood of Brooklyn.
According to the children's father, Darling referred to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and his genocidal actions against Jewish people during the Holocaust when she confronted his children.
”This woman passed by them, yelled at them. Something along the lines of Hitler should have killed you all,” the father, Aryah Fried, told WCBS-TV.
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Fried then added that his son responded defiantly to the woman's words in defense of his little sister, prompting her to turn around and come back at them.
“I gotta teach him not to engage, but he engaged. And she came running back at him, spat in his face, and told him we will kill you all, I know where you live, and we’ll make sure to get you all next time,” Fried said.
The incident reportedly took place on Jan. 14, just after noon. The young children were playing outside in the neighborhood as they usually do, Fried said. They reportedly said they had never seen Darling before.
Darling, reportedly a student at St. Francis College, has been charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime, acting in a manner injurious to a child, and menacing, according to NYPD Crimestoppers.
Fried said he hopes "she understands the severity of what she did," adding, "To do it to anybody is obviously problematic, but for an adult to do it to a child is just beyond crazy.”
In a video post on YouTube following Darling's arrest, a representative of the group Americans Against Antisemitism said, "Thank God this person was just arrested by the New York City Police Department."
"But what in God's name is going on?" the representative asked. "Where is this hatred coming from?"
"We need to address where this Jew hatred is coming from," he added.