A psychology student has been arrested for a hate crime after allegedly hurling anti-Semitic slurs at three Jewish children before spitting on one in Brooklyn last week.
Christina Darling, 21, was arrested on Friday and has been charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime, endangering the welfare of a child and menacing, the NYPD Hate Crimes unit tweeted.
Disturbing video captured the vile incident that occurred around 12:30pm last week Friday on a Marine Park street lined with private homes.
In the video, the St Francis College student can be seen stomping up to an eight-year-old boy playing with two of his younger siblings – aged seven and two – and launched into an anti-Semitic tirade before spitting on him.
‘Hitler should have killed you all. I’ll kill you and know where you live,’ she yelled, according to the NYPD.
No injuries were reported to police.
Christina Darling is in custody after allegedly hurling anti-Semitic slurs at three Jewish children before spitting on them in a disturbing incident that took place on a Brooklyn Street last week
The woman was caught on camera as she approached the children in Marine Park
A petition on Change.org identified Christina Darling as a St. Francis College student, where she is listed as studying psychology as well as education and English. The petition is calling for her expulsion
‘This woman passed by them, yelled at them. Something along the lines of Hitler should have killed you all,’ explained the children’s father, Aryah Fried, to CBS2.
Fried said his son replied to the suspect that he would save his little sister.
‘I have to teach him not to engage. But he engaged. And she came running back. 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.
A petition on Change.org identified Darling as a St. Francis College student, where she is listed as studying psychology as well as education and English. The petition is calling for her expulsion.
‘I urge President Miguel Martinez-Saenz to stand by his promises and denounce this horrifying act of racism, bigotry, and harassment against the Jewish people,’ the petition reads. ‘If appropriate disciplinary action isn’t taken, an egregious precedent will be set.’
After approaching the kids, aged seven and two and spitting on them, she turned back and walked off
The woman was seen standing over the children for several seconds while she insulted them
The woman continues to spew insults at the children as she walked down the street in Marine Park, Brooklyn
‘I would hope that she understands the severity of what she did,’ Fried said. ‘To do it to anybody is obviously problematic but for an adult to do it to a child is beyond crazy.’
‘We also teach our kids to look out for people that look like moms when they feel unsafe. And this woman looks like a person that might have been a safe looking person for the kids. So, what do we tell them now?’ one person said to CBS.
The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident.
The woman turned around and walked off as if nothing had happened after her verbal assault
The suspect was completely unawares her actions were all caught on crystal clear video
The attack is the latest in a string of violent incidents and rising crime rates across New York that is exasperating police and residents.
Violent crimes are already up across the board in the Big Apple this year, with murders up by 33 percent when compared to the same period last year up until January 9, with eight murders alone in the last week.
Overall crimes are also up by 30 percent through January 9, according to police.
The rate of robberies, rapes, and assaults have also increased.
The reasoning behind the increase can be attributed to a combination of lax bail reforms and lack of police.
Yet, the new Manhattan District Attorney, Alvin Bragg, has vowed to take an even softer touch on criminals.
His office said they will not seek prison or jail time for suspects or offenders unless there is no other option.
He will also downgrade some felonies, like armed robbery, to petit larceny.
Since 2020, crime in New York has soared thanks to a combination of lax bail reforms and lack of police