US woman accused of trying to drown Muslim toddler in alleged hate crime

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Texas woman charged with attempting to drown 3-year-old Muslim child in suspected hate crime.

TEXAS, June 24: A Texas woman has been charged with attempted capital murder and injury to a child after allegedly attempting to drown a 3-year-old girl at an apartment complex pool, while making racist statements, according to police.

The Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has identified the family involved as Muslim and Palestinian. CAIR has called on state and federal law enforcement to investigate the incident as a hate crime and to ensure the safety of the Muslim family and community, according to a news release issued on Friday.

On May 19, officers from the Euless Police Department responded to a disturbance call at an apartment complex pool involving two women. Witnesses reported that Elizabeth Wolf, 42, who appeared very intoxicated, had tried to drown a child and had an altercation with the child’s mother, police said in a news release.

Wolf was arrested for public intoxication as she attempted to leave the scene. The mother, who was wearing a hijab and modest swimwear, reported that Wolf questioned her about her origins and whether the children at the pool were hers, making several racist remarks, according to the police release.

When the mother answered Wolf, she reportedly tried to grab her 6-year-old son, who managed to pull away, causing a scratch on his finger. As the mother attended to her son, Wolf allegedly grabbed the 3-year-old daughter and forced her underwater. The mother managed to rescue her daughter, who was coughing up water and calling for help.

Both children were medically cleared by Euless Medics, police said.

“We are American citizens, originally from Palestine, and I don’t know where to go to feel safe with my kids,” said the mother, identified only as Mrs. H, in a statement quoted by CAIR. “My country is facing a war, and we are facing that hate here. My daughter is traumatized; whenever I open the apartment door, she runs away and hides, telling me she is afraid the lady will come and immerse her head in the water again.”

Wolf posted bail from Tarrant County Jail, with bonds set at $25,000 for the attempted capital murder charge and $15,000 for the injury to a child charge, confirmed Captain Brenda Alvarado of the Euless Police Department to CNN.

It remains unclear if Wolf has legal representation.

“We ask for a hate-crime probe, a higher bail bond, and an open conversation with officials to address this alarming increase in Islamophobia, anti-Arab, and anti-Palestinian sentiment,” stated Shaimaa Zayan, CAIR’s Austin operations manager.

Texas Representative Salman Bhojani expressed his shock and dismay over the incident. “Hate has no place in Euless, District 92, or anywhere in our great state. I want to thank Euless PD for quickly apprehending the alleged provocateur, and I extend my service to the affected family,” Bhojani said in a statement.

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