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Police: Woman ‘hunting Asians’ accused of beating child with crowbar in Walmart

Maria Garate is accused of attacking a 4-year-old girl with a crowbar. (Credit: San Jose Police Department)

Maria Garate is accused of attacking a 4-year-old girl with a crowbar. (Credit: San Jose Police Department)

SAN JOSE, Cali. – A California woman is now facing charges after allegedly hitting a 4-year-old girl in the head with a crowbar at Walmart.

Officials said evidence suggests she went after the girl and her family because they are Asian, KTLA reported.

Authorities identified Maria Garate as a transient who could now be charged with a hate crime.

She is already charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

MORE: See the full story from KTLA here