San Jose police are working to track down a woman who coughed in a baby’s face last week over apparent frustrations with the mother’s lack of social distancing.
Oak Grove School District Superintendent Jose Manzo told The Mercury News on Wednesday he knows who the woman is, and she works in the school district.
Manzo wrote in a prepared statement that district officials are “aware of an incident allegedly involving one of our employees who was videotaped coughing on a baby.”
“We do not tolerate conduct from any employee that compromises any child’s safety,” the superintendent wrote. “The employee is currently off work and not providing any services to our District students.”
The News reports:
San Jose police Sgt. Enrique Garcia said detectives are following up on leads and have not made an arrest.
The incident was reported at the Yogurtland at 5638 Cottle Road about 5:25 p.m. Friday. Police on Monday released security camera footage and images of the suspect.
The suspect, who was standing in front of a mother and her 1-year-old child was upset that the mother was not ‘maintaining proper social distancing,’ and removed her face mask, got close to the baby’s face and coughed two or three times, Garcia said.
The child’s mother, Mireya Mora, told KGO the “racist” woman intentionally coughed on her son because they’re Hispanic.
“Coughing on someone’s face. She did it on purpose it’s not like she did it on accident, oh cough, cough – no she purposely coughed on my son’s face,” Mora said.
“It happened so quick I was in shock,” she said. “She got close, she took off her mask, and she coughed three times super hard on my son’s face.”
Video shows Mora quickly covered her son, who was in a stroller, with a built-in sun shade and moved the stroller away. The suspect fled the store and disappeared.
“I believe this woman may be racist because the family in front of her is white,” Mora said. “My 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.”
Yogurtland refused to publicly release the video of the incident, KGO reports.
Mora said her son ran a fever after the incident but seems to be fine now.
San Jose police are investigating the incident as an assault case in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Investigators are requesting any information about the woman or incident to call the department.
The Oak Grove school district, meanwhile, refuses to release any additional details about the woman allegedly involved.
“Because this matter is the subject of an ongoing investigation, we are not able to comment further on this matter,” Manzo wrote.