Woman Suffers a Covid-19 Cough Assault
Umm, San Jose police are on the hunt in California for a woman who assaulted a one year old boy while in his mother's arms by intentionally coughing in his face.
This crime (while not a battery because no physical contact happened) could be argued as an assault since it was intentional and deliberate and caused fear in the boy and mother. The harm part is that invisible enemy- Covid-19.
So, Mireya Mora and her toddler went for yogurt at Yogurtland in San Jose, CA.,they got in line. A white woman stood in front of them. Ms. Mora, a Hispanic, seemed to have forgot about social distancing at least six feet from the other woman. In today's world of fear, the woman became agitated with this encroachment and expressed it. Ms. Mora reacted in Spanish. At this point, that was it until the white woman suddenly turned and quickly got in their faces and started to cough after taking her mask off. It is unclear if Ms. Mora wore a mask. Now she is worried that both of them might catch the virus.
Ms. Mora called the police sometime after the event and police allowed her to file assault charges to this Jane Doe. She also claims it was a race crime because she is Hispanic and spoke Spanish.
The police have the full video and now need the public's help to find this 60-ish year old white woman to "assaulted" by coughing. In normal times, none of this silliness would happen. The police would not even call it an assault. But these are virus times, where fear of the other's health is a real concern and people that do not social distance nor wear a mask are viewed as "bad actors". You encounter similar situations all over now because everyone is trying to protect themselves from this killer virus.
So, beware, deliberately coughing in another's face with intent to do harm just might put you in jail.