(Meredith) - Police in California are searching for a woman who deliberately coughed on a 1-year-old boy following a verbal altercation with the child's mother over social distancing.
Surveillance video of the June 12 incident shows the suspect cough on the little boy at least two times at a Yogurtland in San Jose.
Police said the suspect, described as a woman in her 60s, became upset because the mother and child were standing too close in line.
"The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect was upset the female was not maintaining proper social distancing, so the suspect removed her face mask, got close to the baby’s face, and coughed 2-3 times," San Jose Police Sgt. Enrique Garcia wrote in a press release.
The suspect then left the scene.
Mireya Mora, the mother of the 1-year-old boy, spoke out in an interview with KGO-TV on Monday.
“Coughing on someone’s face, she did it on purpose. It’s not like she did it on accident...No, she purposely coughed on my son’s face,” Mora said. “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.”
The mom said her son is doing okay, and she's hoping he doesn't contract the coronavirus.
“If he were to get sick, it’s just, I can’t even imagine,” Mora said.
Police said the suspect was wearing a gray bandana, glasses, a long sleeve shirt with gray vertical lines, white dress pants, and patterned sneakers at the time of the incident.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact Det. Dan Bowman of the San Jose Police Department's Assaults Unit at 408-277-4161. To submit an anonymous tip, call Crime Stoppers at 408-947- 7867.